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Midnight Scruffy
A Mike Foster Fly

Midnight Scruffy

Name Midnight Scruffy
Category Salmon/Steelhead

Gamakatsu T10-6H, Mustad 36890, Daiichi Alex Johnson Spey, Daiichi Steelhead Irons, Size 4 to 2/0

Thread Burnt orange
Tag Flat gold tinsel

Rear 2/3 is fluorescent chartreuse Edge Glo over flat gold tinsel; Front 1/3 is large orange ice chenille

Wing Silver Flash-A-Bou
Hackle Chartreuse, then orange, then black marabou, then large purple hackle

Midnight Scruffy was originated and tied by by Contributing Fly Tyer Mike Foster.

Mike's Notes: "The marabou flies, the Midnight Scruffy, Rotor Special, and Buzzard's Delight came about in the late 80's and early 90's. They were my reaction to the growing popularity of the popsicle in this area. I was too old fashioned to fish with a fly that didn't have a body, so I started developing my own. I also wanted a fly that presented a little more of a silhouette than the all marabou flies did. So, I put the ice chenille in to puff the marabou a little while it was swinging in the water. I picked colors that worked in local waters first, and went from there. I also gave some thought to the success that the lure guys were having, so I tried to add some flash to the natural movement of the marabou."

You can see more of Mike's flies at The Flies of Mike Foster .


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