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Softy Minnow

A modern classic fly, nothing imitates the flash and movement of a natural minnow quite like softy minnow flies. Even its big eyes help attract fish and get vicious strikes. Strip it, twitch it, and hang on, this is one go-to minnow fly you want on hand.Sizes 2, 6. Length 3, 2".
Average Customer Rating:
4.333 out of 5
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Rating Snapshot (9 reviews)
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8 of 9(89%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Softy Minnow
Review 1 for Softy Minnow
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
February 17, 2015
By: Fishingfromthebeachhawaii
from Kailua-Kona, HI.
"There's no action to this fly. It's basically a piece of thin rubber sheeting with tinsel hot glued to a hook. After a few casts the adhesive started coming undone and the fly began peeling apart.. I won't be purchasing anymore of these.."
Review 2 for Softy Minnow
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Perfect jerk bait,
December 29, 2014
By: Loomis1020
from NC
"I purchased this for use in the colder months and it works great first time out with it I was able to land 5 nice large mouth and 1 crappie with in the first hour. I fished this around bridges and along the rip rap."
Review 3 for Softy Minnow
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The most versatile fly in the box,
February 19, 2014
By: flyguyramos
from U.S.V.I.
"I have thrown this fly at bonefish, tarpon, snook, and countless other species with amazing success. This fly truly has amazing versatility and no fly box is complete without one!"
Review 4 for Softy Minnow
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best fly EVER,
January 28, 2014
By: enjoitheburger45
from Naples, Florida
"i use this the beach mangroves anywhere for big snook or redfish, doesnt dissapoint. Definetly a go to fly."
Review 5 for Softy Minnow
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Fly!,
June 21, 2013
By: TKnox
from VA
"I tore up some smallmouth with the Softy Minnow! Also worked great with largemouth and redfish."
Review 6 for Softy Minnow
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Bass Machine,
June 1, 2011
By: flybass
from new york, NY
"this fly is amazing in freshwater for largemouth bass. at my favorite lake, i was killing the bass with my spinning outfit with a mini slugo. I looked in my fly box for something remotely similar, and i chose the softy minnow. literally on 3 out of my next five casts i hooked decently sized bass(2-3pounds) and landed two of them. it has great action and the best part is that it is ten times more durable than clouser minnows. this is by far the best largemouth fly i have ever used!"
Review 7 for Softy Minnow
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A Great Snook Fly!!!,
July 8, 2008
By: kimchifox
from Princeton, NJ
"I had my doubts about the Gummy Minnow until I tied one on and cast it into the Captiva Island (FL) beach surf. The snook went absolutely crazy for it (size 2 in pearl) as did the ladyfish, spanish mackerel, and jack crevalles. Only one slight quibble -- the flies only lasted an hour or so before being torn from the hook from so many vicious strikes -- but that's a good thing!"
Review 8 for Softy Minnow
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
gummy minow is a killer fly,
February 4, 2008
By: GrandPop
from Metro Atlanta, GA
"When this fly was intorduced a few year's back, I had just been invited for a weekend at a friend's beach home on a south Bahama island. I saw the gummy minnows advertised in the Orvis newsletter and bought a selection in green and blue to take with me to try out. They were sensational!
My guide, a friend of my host, took me out to his favortie bonefish flat, and I got 5 strikes in eight casts. I broke off the first three, which he estimated at 26-28 inches each, before I figured out that my tippet had deteriorated and weakened since my last use the previous fall. Once I tied on a new leader, I caught and released at least a half dozen more fish, a 32" barrcuda, and several large, brightly colored sunfish within the next two and half hours.
We were wading in waist-deep water and fishing between openings in the rocks and over grass beds. Foul weather and some off-shore excusions prevented me from enjoying a second day on these flats.
Ratings-Only Reviews for Softy Minnow
Based on 1 ratings-only review
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Would recommend? Yes 1 out of 1