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Aug 17 2010

Krystowski Minnow Contributor: Jay Zimmerman
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Classification: Freshwater
Category: Clouser Streamer Subsurface
Bugs & Baits: Bait Fish
Fish: Bass
Color(s): Black Chartreuse White
Recipe viewed 3978 times. Recipe ID: 987655772

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Krystowski Minnow

Gamakatsu B10S #2
Black 6/0 UNI-Thread
Extra Small White Painted Lead Eyes
White Icelandic Sheep Hair
Chartreuse Icelandic Sheep Hair
Black Icelandic Sheep Hair.

The Krystowski Minnow is one of my early original fly designs. I began tying this fly long before I was part of the fly fishing industry and a contract fly designer. It was at a point in my life when I had very limited time to spend behind a vise and, more influentially, when I had very little money to spend on tying material. I needed an all-purpose baitfish streamer that I could use for every occasion. I could not afford to have multiple fly boxes for every species of fish, but I was fishing everywhere and often. I needed a fly for river smallmouth, farm pond largemouth, Spring steelhead, Fall browns, wiper, walleye and northern pike. If I had a handful of Krystowski Minnows in my box I was all set. The fly needed to be cheap to tie, fast to tie and never fall apart…even after being chewed on by northern pike. I have old fishing buddies back in my home town who fish this fly over everything else. The fly is named after a family in northern Ohio who owned a small bass pond and would let me fish and invite me in for dinner. The earliest prototypes of this fly were fished in their pond.

Be sure to check out Jay's video tutorial for this fly!