Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January 16 BRTU meeting: History of the Muddler Minnow

  • What: Bitterroot Trout Unlimited January 2014 program
  • Program title: History of the Muddler Minnow
  • When: Thursday, January 16, 2014, 7:00 PM
  • Where: Hamilton Elks Lodge, 203 State St, Hamilton, Montana
  • Speaker: Mike Lemoine, Hamilton, Montana
This program is open to the public, no charge for admission.

The January 16 BRTU meeting will begin at 7:00 pm at the Hamilton Elks Lodge at 203 State St in Hamilton. Mike Lemoine will give the program entitled “Muddling through the day: History of the Muddler Minnow and the fish that inspired it."

Perhaps no fly is as versatile as the celebrated Muddler Minnow. Since its invention by Dan Gapen in Michigan and its perfection by the expert flytiers at Dan Bailey’s shop, the muddler has found utility in almost all fishing situations. However, it is an imitation of a little understood group of fishes, the sculpins.

The meeting is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. And, remember! We will be having dinner with Mike at Spice of Life at 5:00 pm before the meeting. Long-time TU supporter Karen Suennen will be donating 10% of the proceeds to our club. So please come join us for dinner.

Although commonly overlooked or disregarded, sculpins are prevalent in troutwaters. Former BRTU board member and UM Grad student Mike LeMoine has spent years trying to understand sculpin ecology and will present the biology behind muddlers to improve your angling experience. Although Midwestern angling expert Tom Wendelberg said many years ago that “You can’t fish a muddler wrong,” after Mike’s talk, you will know how to fish a muddler right! A couple of titillating photos are attached.

For more information, contact BRTU Chapter President Ross Rademacher (monkeykatet@gmail.com) or Greg Chester (gchester55@aol.com)