Sunday, November 30, 2014

TB3E3X5 – Mr. Muddler the Muddler Minnow


GC4652A,The Camo Bug Inn
Titusville, FL
GPS: 28.552499, -080.854722

My mission is to carry the Project Healing Waters message to flyfishermen in all 50 states.

Mr. Muddler the Muddler Minnow


This is a second life for Mr. Muddler the Muddler Minnow. This time it is a laminated business card with the tracking code displayed prominently on the face of the card and a message on the back. In the first life, this travel bug was a piece of paper inside a film canister, yellow body, green top, attached to an actual TB. I launched Mr. Muddler the first time in Fayetteville, NC in May 2010. It disappeared sometime in 2012 after having logged 6,327 miles and 25 posts. I pulled back the travel bug number and relaunched Mr. Muddler in GC4652A, The Camo Bug Inn, in Titusville, FL on 30 Nov 2014. I guess there is some slim chance that the original might show up.

First Launch


The Muddler Minnow was spawned, so to speak, by Don Gapen of Anoka, Minnesota in 1937, to imitate the slimy sculpin. The Muddler, as it is informally known by anglers, was popularized by Montana, USA fisherman and fly tier Dan Bailey. It is now a popular pattern worldwide and is likely found in nearly every angler's fly box, in one form or another. Due to its universal appeal to game fish, the muddler minnow will remain as an integral tool in sport fishing.

The Muddler Minnow


Mr. Muddler is one of twelve characters created by artist Kirk Werner for three books designed to introduce children to fly fishing.

Book Series by Kirk Werner


I have created a Trackable for each character. If you would like to see them all, here are the Geocaching Travel Bug Numbers: TB3E3X5, TB3E3Y2, TB3E3X7, TB3F6AD, TB3F69B, TB3F6AW, TB3F69V, TB3F69Z, TB3F6AV, TB3F6A3, TB3F6A5, TB3F6A0.



MEET MY FRIENDS

TB3F69V – Andy the Adams

TB3F6AD – Billy the Blue-Wing Olive

TB3F6AW – Ernie the Elk Hair Caddis

TB3F6AV – Gilbert the Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ear

TB3E3X5 – Mr. Muddler the Muddler Minnow

TB3E3X7 – Olive the Woolly Bugger

TB3F69B – Pete the Prince Nymph

TB3F69Z – Polly the Partridge & Orange

TB3F6A3 – Randal the Royal Coachman

TB3F6A5 – Sally the Yellow Sally

TB3F6A0 – Stan the Stimulator

TB3E3Y2 – Zachary the Purple Zonker

Pictures of all of us – just pictures

LINKS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT

Geocaching (and other GPS games)

Project Healing Waters

Miami Valley Fly Fishers

Kirk Werner