This classic “bug” has a stream trout and bass fishing history. The Marabou Muddler Minnow made its way to the salt about the time I got into saltwater fly fishing in the late 1970s. I saw a few on a fly shop wall and then created my own versions for the flats of Florida Bay, where baby tarpon, snook, seatrout and redfish wholeheartedly approved of it. This fly does stay on top, pushing a good wake, and then sinks just a bit once it absorbs water. After picking the fly out of the water, a back cast or two shakes out the water, and it can be fished at the surface once again. On occasion, I dressed this fly's head with floatant before fishing when I wanted it on the surface for longer periods. It has taken hundreds of baby tarpon for me, as well as plenty of Everglades backcountry Grand Slams—tarpon, snook, redfish, trout—on the flats of Florida Bay.