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Turpin Messy Minnow

This minnow fly was created by merging saltwater fly patterns with freshwater sizes. The Messy Minnow has a very realistic look and profile in the water, making it a fly pattern that fish can't resist. The Guides at the Orvis Endorsed Rod and Gun Club at Pocono Manor have had success with this fly for smallmouth bass and trout on all of the Pocono streams, including the Delaware and Lehigh rivers. The fly pattern is meant to be fished on a long tippet with the weight placed 12 to 18 inches above the fly to maximize its natural movement in the water. In gold, silver. In sizes: 6.
Average Customer Rating:
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Customer Reviews for Turpin Messy Minnow
Review 1 for Turpin Messy Minnow
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good Small Tarpon Fly,
November 28, 2013
By: puppydrum
from Paramaribo, Suriname
"Some canals w/o sea access in Paramaribo, Suriname (S. America) hold tarpon and they'll take this fly consistently, otherwise its tough (maybe they're feeding on tilapia). The eyes are usually gone after the first strike and the rest of the fly doesn't last much longer. It doesn't produce as well in the river, sea or sea access canals but luckily those tarpon aren't nearly as finicky."
Review 2 for Turpin Messy Minnow
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Another excellent purchase,
April 9, 2013
By: aikido09
from Edgewater, FL
"This realy works for bonefish, redfish, and trout. Amazing..."
Review 3 for Turpin Messy Minnow
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
top water action,
August 10, 2012
By: Bonesss
from HSV, AL
"I was hammering big browns & bows using this fly in Montana. This fly without any weight, cast great and will stay in the top 12" of water. Great when weeds are couple feet below surface or shallow water, you can see the big fish turn in the water and start the chase, WOW!"
Review 4 for Turpin Messy Minnow
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
go to fly for smallies,
July 24, 2011
By: WIguide
from Wausau, WI
"When other flies are not producing action for WI smallies in iron stained waters, this fly will let you know if there are fish in the area or not."
Review 5 for Turpin Messy Minnow
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Freshwater Bass/Saltwater Combo,
July 10, 2008
from Dallas, TX
"This minnow imitation has worked well for me when hitting the lakes targeting Bass just as well as it has worked for me on the Texas and Flordia flats. With or without the weight i've had no problems ripping lips!"