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Dougherty's Vineyard Minnow:

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Dougherty's Vineyard Minnow (Olive)

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Dougherty's Vineyard Minnow (Purple)

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Dougherty's Vineyard Minnow (Redfish)

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Dougherty's Vineyard Minnow (Fire Tiger)

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Dougherty's Vineyard Minnow (Sunfish)

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Materials

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Hook: Size 3/0 Stainless Steel Mustad 34007 or Mustad S71SSS or similar (other sizes may be substituted)

Threads: White or Uni-mono

Eyes: Extra large dumbbell preferred (other sizes or aluminum eyes may be substituted)

Belly: Deer hair

Throat: Red Krystal Flash or Gliss-N-Glow (optional)

Flash: Several strands of Flashabou

Wing: 6 saddle hackles

Over-wing: 6 grizzly saddle hackles

Adhesives: Zap-A-Gap CA+ and Zip Kicker

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Why it's successful   Short stories   Fish pics

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History

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Dougherty's Vineyard Minnow, created in 1999, is a modification of Lefty Kreh's and Bob Clouser's Half-and-Half.  The differences are, Dougherty's Vineyard Minnow lacks deer hair on the top of the fly.  This is replaced by the addition of grizzly saddles over white or colored saddles.  Flashabou is tied-in flash-tail style (i.e. allowed to extend an inch beyond the saddles).  Larger than normal dumbbell eyes are used, however smaller eyes may be used instead.  Olive grizzly saddles and white saddles are used in the original, however, other colors may be substituted.

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This pattern was developed after fishing "The Gut", Chappaquiddick Island (MA) several days in a row and noticing schools of banded minnows swimming its shores.  Since those initial minnow sightings I've returned nearly every year and have been pleased by a bent rod after fishing a Vineyard Minnow.

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The Vineyard Minnow imitates small baitfish, eels and sand lances.

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What makes this fly a successful pattern?

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1. The large eyes (yellow preferred) provide a bull's eye to feeding fish.

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2. The heavily weighted eyes provide an erratic up and down movement.

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3. The flashabou tail (tied-in flash-tail style, i.e. extending an inch beyond the saddles) is not constrained and thus is free to move and flash illustriously.

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4. The over-wing of grizzly hackle continues the full length of the fly.  This darker full length dorsal coloring is consistent with baitfish.

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5. Feathers provide life-like movement.  Pull this fly out of the water and all the feathers slick back along the shank of the hook, but once in the water the feathers return to life and move freely.  This tail action combined with the erratic up and down movement provided by the heavy eyes is deadly.

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Four short stories related to this fly

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1. After out-fishing two fellow anglers at the Gut, I was asked if I had any more of these flies.  Each angler was provided a fly which they promptly tied-on.  One angler went on to catch more fish then what he had done with his previous fly.

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2. In the spring of 2004, while fishing Menemsha, I hooked and landed 32 striped bass (1-6 lb.) on a single fly in one day, an all time best.  All fish were released unharmed.

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Dougherty's Vineyard Minnow (Olive)

Here's the fly after catching 32 consecutive striped bass in 1 day.

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3. An angler remarked "All you need for Martha's Vineyard are a handful of white Deceivers and Vineyard Minnows".

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4. The Vineyard Minnow has taken my largest striped bass to date, 43.5 inches, 26.5 pounds, pictured below.

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Vineyard Minnow success:

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Monster striped bass

Assateague Island, VA

Striped Bass (43.5 inches / 26.5 lbs.)

Caught on a 3/0 Olive Vineyard Minnow

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Striped bass stomach content

The stomach content from the fish above, 2 eels, 1 sand lance and 1 mantis shrimp.  Food for thought, this gives you an idea what these fish consume.  The shrimp and sand lance are roughly 6" while the eels range between 15-20".

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Almost a citation trout

Assateague Island, VA

Speckled Trout (26 inches)

Caught on a 3/0 Olive Vineyard Minnow

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