by Ramiro Garcia Malbran
This is the fly Malbran. It is my
original fly for imitating the "Mojarra", (typical bait fish from South
America). This fish are flat and have a large profile, all the predators in the region
like them so its a very good fly to use from the area north of Buenos Aires (Parana delta)
to Mato Grosso in Brazil (you can there find the same species; traira, cachorra, dorado,
pira putanga, pintado...).
front view of the Malbran and the Christmas Minnow
Adapting the size and the colors of the
back we can represent a large variety of fish bait so its a fly you can use in a lot of
situations (in fact I been using it in Patagonia with the sea running trout of the Rio
This fly imitates a little hareng. It's works very good for pike fishing in Europe.
Depending of the region where you fish you maybe need to change the color of the back
Hook: all sizes,
Tail: Christmas decoration (silver and blue) streched and twisted
Body: Christmas decoration (silver and blue) streched and twisted
Throat: Red fibers
Eyes: stick-on eyes
1 to 3:
Make the tail like a Christmas Minnow.
4: Put a mesh of
sintetic hair (Christmas decoration, blue) or substitub to simulate the top of the tail.
5: When the tail is
ready, start tying a shorter mesh (silver) down the shank of the hook. The mesh must be
presented and tied in an angle of 45% with the shank, all the fibers must be oriented in
this direction (don't leave fibers at the sides of the fly).
6: Do the same with a
blue mesh but this time on the top of the shank.
7-8: Same process ones
more on top (blue fibers), ones more on bottom (silver fibers).
9: Before arriving to
the eye, tie some red fibers to form the throat.
10: Trim the body with
scissor, put the stick-on eyes (you can use epoxi to fix them).
11: Fly finished
The original Malbran fly
Text and photos by Ramiro
Garcia Malbran © 2004