I’m gonna come right out and say it: I really like the idea of catching a trout on a fly that imitates a rodent.
Sure there are other reasons to tie and fish mouse patterns—big fish eat mice, the take itself seems like it could be pretty exciting, its fall and brown trout are pissed. All these are good reasons and they certainly contributed to why I tried my hand at tying a mouse pattern and why I plan to fish the thing this weekend. But deep in the guts of the issue is one simple fact: it’s a mouse.
Like everyone else, I’ve caught trout on lots of flies that imitated bugs. And I’ve caught trout on flies that imitated fish, minnows and sculpins. And, like most anglers, I’ve caught fish on flies that don’t seem to imitate anything at all (Gary Lafontaine’s Mohawk comes to mind…I love that fly).
But I’ve never caught a trout on a fly that imitates something researchers use as a laboratory test animal, or that my daughter might consider for a pet (although a goldfish fly does sound interesting). And I’ve never caught fish on a fly that imitates a mammal, at least not one that I can think of. So I tied up some Morrish-style mouse patterns (and purchased one to use as a model) and I am hoping to tempt a big brown into trying to kill it and eat it.
Still, I really want to catch a trout on a mouse.