These are the real Umpqua Janssen Minnows as approved by Hal Janssen himself.
50% OFF true works of hand-painted art. The detail will amaze you. There will never again be flies like this approved by Hal Janssen. These are in short supply, and we are clearing them out to make room for new patterns.
Hal Janssen created the Janssen Minnow series (1960's) to replicate small forage fish that trout and bass feed upon. Trout can be cannibalistic, feeding on their own young or the offspring of other trout species. Bass feed on young trout where both species occur in the same water.
Real Janssen Minnows are complex and time-consuming to tie. Mylar tubing is pulled over a fish-shaped cardboard form, which has been attached to the hook with tying thread. This becomes the body of the fly. The Mylar tubing is then hand painted with the background colors of the fish it is meant to represent. Blushes, spots, dots and eyes are added in great detail. A coat of epoxy is then applied and left to harden with a smooth, glossy finish. A short, dense marabou tail completes the fly and adds swimming action.
Janssen Minnows are easy to cast and they sink quickly. Order some before your next trip. You'll like 'em.
Big browns eat little browns. Stock up on some of these if you are fishing in brown trout country.