Originally Posted by chewydog
Most mice don't get in the water on purpose. But nobody said they were smart. The stripped tail is the right idea, but lose the weight. Mice are on the surface unless they are already a corps. The reason the Morrish mouse works so well is is that it is fished at night and just a silhouette on the surface for fish looking up. So even though fishing at night, black works just fine. Not sure as I feel confident "flailing" a large fly in the dark. Parts of my ear would probably be considered bait fishing.
Thanks for the tips; including the advice against ear piercing!
For the record, those mouse patterns I posted in the pic do float. The head on the articulated shank is a reversed hard foam popper head; ultra buoyant. The body (on the hook) is foam treated with rainx and wrapped with squirrel hair.
The pattern looks good in the test tank; the rear body rides just a little lower than the head which seems to mimic a mouse trying to keep their head out of water... Of course the real test is out on the water.