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2/0 10xl red & black streamers

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Hook: Partridge Carrie Stevens Streamer #2/0 10xl
Thread: Sheer 14/0
Tag: Uni-Mylar
Tail: Golden Pheasant
Butt: Black Ostrich
Body: 3 layers of UNI-Floss White, Red/Black UNI-Floss
Rib: UNI-French, UNI Red/Black Floss
Wing: Whiting Cape – Black, Foxtail Cock Neck – Red
Shoulder: Harline Strung Guinea Natural, Jungle Cock feather, Veniard Red Crow Substitute, Jungle Cock

I really enjoy pushing the boundaries when it comes to tying flies, and this one is one of the bigger ones that I’ve tied! The 10xl Carrie Stevens streamer hook is massive to tie on and can give some challenges when it comes to planning the layout and finding the material that will stretch all the way to the end. The plan from the start was to mount these in a frame and put them on the wall, I didn’t have a pattern to go from, but was rather inspired from various images on google and some Carrie Stevens patterns to draw some knowledge from, besides that these two are a creation from my own mind, so what should I call them?

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I wanted to create something that popped out and had clean lines to look at, that’s where the two main feathers came from, the original plan was to have a read feather as the first feather on the second one but I didn’t have large enough to stretch to the end of the hook so I ended up with just changing the colors on the body for the second one. I like the lines it has and mounted together in a frame these two will be a good match to each other

2014.10.25.dryfly.me.red_black_streamer_togetherI do see some issues with the execution: the body floss is not as smooth as I would like, the guinea should have been pulled a little bit further towards the hook and the lines from the JC to the black feather is not in line. But this will be a exercise for the winter to get better on, I just need to get some more of these hooks since I’m almost out.

 

Hairwing Mickey Finn

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Hook: TMC 777SP #6
Thread: Red/Black UNI 6/0
Body: UNI-Mylar
Rib: Lagartun French Tinsel
Wing: Red/Yellow hair

A hairwing version of the classic Mickey Finn streamer. Normally you would see this in bucktail, but I wanted to have a smoother wing that flowed even more than bucktail (and I have alot of templedog/fox/raccoon), so a hairwing version it is. I might go over and varnish the body to strengthen it, but I used a fairly thick and solid rib, so I don’t think I will need to do that.

Vaskebjørn on streamer hook

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Hook: TMC 9394 #6
Thread: UNI 6/0 Black
Hackle: Whiting Rooster Saddle Grizzly
Dubbing: Burnt Orange/Rusty Brown/Gill Red A.Jensen Saltwater Dub, The Fly. Co Seals Fur Red

Today was Vaskebjørn experiments: took the pattern up to a #6 TMC 9394 streamer hook and tried out some new saltwater dubbing from A.Jensen. Have not tried these in the water yet, but I like the idea of having the eyes a bit in the front combined with a longer section of the body in bright colors. Will come back with reports on this once I get it wet.

Red sealwool

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Gill Red

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Burnt Orange

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Rusty Brown

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Olive Woolly Bugger

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Hook: TMC 5263 #10
Thread: UNI 6/0 Grey
Tail: Wapsi Select Marabou Plumes Olive
Body: Lead, Hareline Hare’s Ear Plus Dark Olive
Hackle: Chincilla Neck Olive
Bead: flysite.co.nz Tungsten 3.0mm Gold

Wooly buggers are a must to have in the box – the marabou and body hackle on this pattern gives it a lot of life that should trigger a hungry trout.