Fly Tying: Drowning Mouse

The drowning mouse pattern is a simpler, non-articulated, variation of Joe Obrien’s shop rat pattern. There has been increasing interest in mouse patterns. There must be something special about large predatory fish hammering a big pattern on the surface. Most are meant to be skated or slowly stripped in, from or towards the bank.


  • Hook - Gamakatsu B10S #4-6
  • Thread: UTC 210 Tan
  • Tail - Standard Ultra Chenille
  • Foam Back and Head - 2mm Sheet Foam
  • Body - Rabbit Strip
  • Tools: Stonefo Thread Splitter, Dr. Slick Razor Scissors and a Lighter
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