Morrish Mouse

March, 2017

Morrish Mouse by Bill Kindler

	                          Fly Pattern: Morrish Mouse

            Tyer's Name: Bill Kindler
            Date: March 6, 2017
	Fly Originator and History: Originated by Ken Morrish. 
	Suggested line and leader:  Floating line with a tapered mono leader and tippet.
	Suggested retrieve:  Try to mimic a swimming mouse.
	Depth: On the surface.
	Comments: Try fishing the mouse on the lake where a stream enters the lake.

                                Fly Material
	Hook: Partridge #4 Bomber (Bill prefers the smaller gape-size of the Partridge 
	hooks because they are less destructive to the fish)
	Thread: 140 dn Ultra Thread, tan.
	Tail: Black, straight-cut rabbit strip.
	Body: 1/8" thick black foam.
	Body: Deer hair.
	Optional: Hair packing tool.

                                Tying Steps

	Note: Consider tying the mouse "stinger-style" with the point of the hook 
	facing upwards.

	1 Start a thread base just above the barb of the hook and wrap forward to above 
	the point of the hook.

	2. Tail.	Select a rabbit strip that is about twice the length of the shank. 
	Strip all of the hair off of the strip EXCEPT for a small tuft of fur at the
	 end (See photo).	

	3. Tie in the strip securely to the thread base.

	4. Prepare a black foam wedge that is about 1/8-inch wide and that is perhaps 
	1-1/2 times the length of the shank.

	5. With the wedge facing rearward, tie in the thin end of the wedge on top of 
	the spot where the tail is tied in. Bend the foam back and keep it out of the 
	way for now.

	6. Deer Hair. Select a clump of deer hair that is about a pencil's diameter 
	and stack it. Referring to the picture above, note that the deer hair at the 
	back of the hook is shorter and gradually gets longer towards the front. After 
	spinning and securing each clump, use a hair packing tool  to push the clump 
	tightly against the previous clump. The goal is to create a tapered, very dense body.

	7. Stack and trim the butts of the deer hair to size. Tie in and spin the deer 
	hair on the bare shank, and right against the foam.

	8. Add more deer hair as you go forward, increase the length of the clumps to 
	achieve a tapered look. 

	9. Once you have reached a point just short of the eye, stop and trim the hair 
	along the top of the shank, creating a narrow trough.

	10. Foam strip. Now grab the foam strip and pull it forward tightly and tie it 
	down just behind the eye. Then lift the foam and add some wraps just in front 
	of it so that the foam is forced at an upward angle. Leaving about 1/8-inch 
	foam, trim off the excess.

	11. Whip finish.

	12. Trim the hair from the bottom of the fly, creating a flat surface.

	13. Apply head cement.

		Rick Shadforth 12/14/17