Fly Tying: Gold UV Polar Minnow

The Polar Minnow is a simple pattern I worked out several years’ back that relies on UV Polar Chenille for the body and the tail. It is easily customizable and I’ve tried numerous color schemes.

On our original video, I used UV pearl and permanent markers to color it up.  While that pattern is still in play, I’ve gotten more positive feedback from customers using the gold UV Chenille version that is available from Yellowstone Fly Goods. A couple local tiers have been building their own Gold UV Polar Minnows and fishing them with great success on the Missouri River.

The power of Gold UV Polar Chenille is hard to beat. Some days, trout can’t leave it alone. Here is an updated Polar Minnow in gold. The head is finished off with claret and tan Ice Dub. The addition of some claret behind the tan adds a little attraction and bling.  Give this one a try and let me know if it works for you.

Note: Don’t be afraid to do a little trimming of the Polar fibers if you want a sparser body.

Polar Chenille is one of my favorite synthetic materials.  I use it on many streamer patterns and salmon/steelhead flies. It makes a great body for flashy buggers and sculpin. A couple turns can add the perfect accent to Intruders and tube flies.


Thread: UTC Tan 210

Hook: Gamakatsu B10S #6 or you can use the U Series from Umpqua

Eyes: Spirit River Real Eyes 3/16" Nickel/Pearl or Red, feel free to switch it up

Tail: UV Polar Chenille twisted and furled

Body: UV Polar Chenille Gold

Head: Tan/Claret Ice Dub in split thread or dubbing loop

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I fly fish to live (25+ years guiding). I live to fly fish (obsession). At the age of two, I captured my first Bluegill in Southern Michigan. Since then, I have never stopped looking into waters for fish. My first wild trout came from the waters of Glacier NP a few years later. I spent much of my youth chasing fish in Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and throughout central Canada. I went to Alaska in 1989, where I met my wife, started a family and spent 26 seasons guiding anglers. Great Falls and the North 40 Fly Shop are now home base. Stop by and lets talk fish, bear encounters or even my experience with Bigfoot.
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