Texas Rose Muddler

by Jonathan

The original Muddler Minnow was introduced in to this country from America in the late 1960s.It was tied to be an imitation of the sculpin minnow.  The original pattern enjoyed great success on the Midland reservoirs when it was first introduced. British reservoir anglers, as always, have this shameless habit of ‘improving’ everything that they try.  It was not long before the Black muddler, black body and silver rib, was the in fly quickly followed by the Texas Rose and the Orange muddler, orange body and gold rib.

The one thing they all had in common was the deer hair head. This was achieved by using spun deer hair and clipped to form a bulky bouyant head. Hook sizes from long shank 6 to 10. It can be quite an exciting fly to fish when you strip it through a big ripple when the trout are high in the water. You wont get as many as you miss but it can liven up a days fishing.

Once you have mastered the tying in of the deer hair and trimming it to shape there is no end to the patterns you can tie.This lesson has already inspired a line of thought with muddlers which I have not yet seen tied and I think they are looking promising.


  • Hook long shank 10 / 8
  • Body orange wool or chenille
  • Rib silver lurex
  • Wing dyed yellow hair – goat or calf tail
  • Head spun deer hair
  • Tying silk orange


Happy Fishing

Dave Cammiss and The Team 


{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

David Cammiss September 26, 2008 at 9:53 am

Hi Ken
Thanks for your comments. We do spend quite a lot of time trying to make it easy for beginners. Jon is right behind me with the camera and keeps me on my toes. He does not fish or tie flies and reckons if he can understand what I am doing it is OK. Most flies have univeral appeal at some time in the season. Just yesterday I tried the babydoll which has been out of fashion for 20 yrs and caught 6 rainbows in 1/2 hour.
The fish must have been having a ‘silly day’ because they would have a go at virtually everything i put in front of them. A good job they are not like that all the time.
It is our pleasure to do our bit to promote fly tying and the response we get is very encouraging.
Happy Fishing
DaveC. and the Team

Ken Minor September 25, 2008 at 12:36 am

I am new to fly tying, a couple of months now, and just located your website. It is excellent instruction and rivals or beats anything that I have seen to date.

I have tied some of your patterns and also using the US pattern. I live in the central part of the states and I find that trout like Western flies equally well to regional patterns. I am thinking they will respond well to your patterns. I am anxious to try them out.

In any case, what a fine thing you have done here and I truly appreciate it. Thank you so much.
K. Minor

topflyman July 31, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Hi Troy
I have to concede that Iam your senior, not by a lot but enough for me to have the edge. However you are only as old as you feel and today after half a day dragging ‘a lot’ of weed out of our trout lake I feel 91. My reward was to catch the first and only trout for a week from the lake. I am confused by your name! Troy sounds classical and your surname academic?. To quote that well known gent, “You cant be serious.” Forgive me if I am being facetious. I only know that there are not too many left standing in my clan.
Glad you like the site. My son Jon puts a lot of hard work into the photography, the editting and keeping me in order
We have ambitions on doing DVD one day.
The next vid. is in the pipeline
Happy Fishing
DaveC. and the Team

Troy Schooley July 31, 2008 at 4:05 am

I see you are 71. So am I. I wonder who’s the oldest. My birthday is 11-1-36 and how do you like my Welsh name? Your site is great. Keep it up.

topflyman July 20, 2008 at 3:22 pm

Hi Kevin
Thanks for your comments.(I blush under my weatherbeaten face).
There will be more vids.
We will try to come up with a hackled dry fly. I tend to concentrate my efforts on nymphs, wet flies and lures. I have not done a lot of dry fly fishing and at 71yrs feel it is a little late to change my habits.
Happy Fishing
DaveC.and the Team

Kevin Scavone (United States) July 17, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Mr. Cammiss and Friends,

Recently discovered your site. As a neophyte tyer I find the video demonstrations far more helpful than even the best photo descriptions in magazines and books that I’ve used.
Your site is outstanding and I hope to learn with you for many months to come!!
Any dry fly patterns on the way?


topflyman May 10, 2008 at 8:30 am

Hi David
Thanks for your comments. They will keep on rolling. We are giving serious thought to doing a DVD as a result of the feedback we get from the vids.
Did have a memorable trip to NZ.
Best day on brownies 7 fish 21/2…..3lb and lost a few.
Best day on rainbows approx. 30 fish 1/2 lb ….31/2 lb. on a very fast river and lost as many.
NZ South Island is a beautiful place but you need a guide initially to get the best out of it.
Happy fishing
DaveC. and the Team

David Price May 9, 2008 at 3:03 am

Mr. Cammiss and Team,

Outstanding Demonstrations! Your efforts are very much appreciated. Keep them coming!

Did you make the New Zealand trip? If so, how about sharing the highlights with us all?

Best Regards,

David Price (United States)

topflyman May 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Hi Jeff
Thanks for your comments. We aim to please. More to follow.
DaveCand the Team

JK Smith May 5, 2008 at 1:30 am

Mr. Cammiss;

Thank you for your videos. The videos and the flys are top notch.

Well Done! to the entire team.

Jeff Smith

topflyman December 6, 2007 at 9:26 pm

Hi lloyd
pleased you like the videos. We do our best. This hobby is addictive and after 60 yrs I am still finding things to make it simpler.
Happy Fly Tying
Dave C. and the Team

Lloyd M December 5, 2007 at 6:15 am

Mr. Cammiss,
I have seen very few variants on the good ol’ Muddler minnow pattern that are explained and illustrated simply. This was an outstanding video (as they all are).

I have already improved my own tying by watching your videos, the small tips you share are things you just can’t find in the books.

Now even us guys in the US can tie top quality flies 😉

topflyman December 1, 2007 at 8:39 pm

Hi Thomas
Thank you for your comments….much appreciated. We do our best.
I have only read about the fishing in Vancouver and dreamt.
DaveC. and the Team
PS. We are planning a trip to New Zealand in the new year.

Thomas Sallaway November 30, 2007 at 11:14 pm

Mr. Cammiss and the Team

I would like to thank you for the excellent videos. Not only do I learn how to tie a new pattern but I pick up little tricks that I can use on other patterns. My fly fishing ranges from rainbow trout to steelhead and salmon. I look forward to your next video. Once again, I thank you for the effort and the sharing of your knowledge.

Thomas Sallaway
Vancouver, British Columbia

topflyman November 21, 2007 at 2:48 pm

Hi Philip
Thanks for your input. Will make that bit extra effort next time
Hook l/s 8
Tail Orange Marabou
Tail Flash picked at random from drawer
Body Fritz chenille
Head booby plastazote tube orange
Tying Silk Steve Parton professional tying thread.

Phillip Chow November 21, 2007 at 9:24 am

Hello Mr Cammiss,

Thank you for the videos.
Its definitely informative and easy to follow.

How about listing down the materials being used in the text as well?

Keep up the good work!

Best regards,

topflyman November 16, 2007 at 9:00 pm

Just keep watching, there are more on the way.
Dave C and Team

JJ November 15, 2007 at 11:30 pm

I cannot tell you much I appreciate these videos of yours. A new “disciple” is eagerly awaiting the next lesson!

grabcio (Poland) November 9, 2007 at 7:06 pm

Thank You Mr. Cammiss for another lesson. Looking forward for the next one.
Best regards!

Terry November 4, 2007 at 9:30 pm

David thanks for the Texas Rose video, I found it extremely informative and easy to follow.
I appreciate the effort you put into these videos and find the hugely helpful and I eagerly await each ne tying lesson.


Terry (New Zealand)

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