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Steve Burke's Salmon and Steelhead Fly-Tying Guide
Leon's Mini Mouse and Mini Mouse "Albino"
Originated and Tied By Leon Guthrie

Leons Mini Mouse
Name Leon's Mini Mouse and Mini Mouse "Albino"
Category Salmon and Trout Species
HookSalmon Single Low Water Size 4
Making The EyesUse a small length of 12lb Monofilament Nylon and put a double knot in the same place. Apply a hot melt glue ball on the knot and rotate as it is cooling. Colour it with permanent ink pen or use coloured glue sticks. Make 2 the same size.
BodySee my handwritten notes for further clarification. Attach a piece of Chenille near the hook bend and apply a little super glue on the thread, as this is your anchor point. Now take a small bunch of deer hair and place on top of the hook shank while holding the left side of the deer hair with one hand. Apply a few turns of thread around the deer hair. The deer hair will spring up but still give it a few turns of thread. Now push all the deer hair back toward the hook bend anchor stop. Keep applying deer hair by same method but give the deer hair a slight rotation around the hook shank every time you apply more. When you get 1/4 way along hook shank, attach the rear legs. Use elastic for the legs or a length of Chenille. Attach chenille at right angle to the hook and apply figure of eight thread to hold the chenille in place. Push this back towards the hook bend firmly. Now continue adding more deer hair as you did before until you get to the position to add the front legs. Add them as you did with the rear legs. Having packed as much deer hair on the shank as possible, it will look a mess. Now is the time to give the mouse it's shape. Trim it with your scissors to the general shape of a mouse body, tapering towards the snout. Now position the 2 eyes behind the hook eye and tie on with your black thread. Trim off the monofilament nylon. Lay three strands of Pearl Krystal Flash at right angle on the snout and again secure by figure of eight thread. Pull all the whiskers back and build a snout in front. Apply a little super glue on thread. Apply a little as well when applying the eyes for added security. Finally is just a matter of trimming to shape. I keep the deer hair trimmed flat on the underside of the hook shank keeping level in line with the hook point. This ensures when you cast the Mouse, it will land or roll over on its correct side. (Use Pink eyes and white deer hair for the ALBINO; See Leon's Mini Mouse Albino).
CommentsThis is a great little pattern that catches a lot of fish, particularly Rainbow Trout. Once you are confident making these on a size 4 hook, try making some on a long shank size 10 hook as the ( Leon's Mini Micro Mouse ). Which see. These are extremely effective and enjoyable to fish with. Other anglers will ask what you're catching your fish with. A mouse you say! And produces a good laugh. What could be better than fishing, catching and laughing with this remarkable little Rodent!

This pattern was originated and tied by Leon Guthrie of Galashiels, Scotland. You can see more of his originals at The Flies of Leon Guthrie.