Fly Tied By: Sante
Recipe By: Sante
Story By: Sante
|Sante favors fishing for
smallmouth bass, which are found in abundance in both rivers
and lakes in his home state of Maine. He and his wife
and cats spend all the time they can enjoying the outdoor life
(including fishing) at their camp in the White Mountains of
Maine. As you can undoubtedly tell from his e-mail
address, Sante has a passion for
"....It made me
feel like a real artist!"
Mt. Agementicus Mouse is something
that came about because I was pawing through a bunch of old
fly-fishing and fly-tying magazines when I spotted a mouse pattern.
After the sales pitch, the article went on to mention its
effectiveness catching bass, pike, and other fish.
I figured I could make one that was as
good as the one in the magazine. My first eight or nine were nice
and I gave them away. But I wasn't completely happy with them, since
the hooks I had were not quite what I wanted.
I finally saw some hooks that I thought
had the right combination of features, including a thin and flexible
wire hook, long shank (0 or 00), and a large gap with a slight
offset. But because they were rather expensive, I only bought 24.
The first three off the vise were good, but they got better and
better as I developed a style of doing them.
The name came to me in April of 1991, when our local fish and
game club (York Fish & Game Association) co-sponsored an Earth
Day Celebration atop Mt. Agementicus. It was a two-day event in
which we planted 1500 seedlings and removed a little over four tons
of trash and recyclable stuff from the woods.
As part of the celebration I did some fly-tying at our booth and
began tying a mouse. The ladies from the Art Association booth
were full of questions as I tied, but I just responded, "You'll see
ladies, you'll see." When it was completed the ladies were in awe
over the life-like mouse in my hand. They asked if they could get
one from me so I obliged and handed it over, as well as two others
in various stages of being built and a piece of deer hide with hair
still affixed. They placed it on display for the year and have kept
Aggie. It made me
feel like a real artist!
Mt. Agementicus Mouse
as designed and tied by Sante Giuliani
Photo by Peter Frailey
Order of Ingredients:
3/0 Daiichi 2720 light wire, large gap "stinger"
Thread: Kevlar thread,
Tail: Strip of reddish-brown Wonder Foam.
Separate the upper and lower layers to create two
Body: Spun deer hair. (I prefer
West Coast Deer body hair for its fine, long
Ears: One or two coats of head
cement applied with a bodkin in front and back of uncut deer hair,
using the bodkin to define the shape. Trim as shown in the
photo above, after the cement is dry.
Black bar bells can be bought in craft shops. Or, you can
make your own eyes with 20# or 30# monofilament line burned at one
end. Create an eye socket with scissors and drop a bit of head
cement in the center, before inserting the eye with hook nosed
Nose: Hook eye.
Use scissors to shape the body.
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