I’ve always fished dry after trout, done some nymphing, but streamers have never been a big part of my boxes. There have always been some zonkers available, but they have mainly been used when fishing after searun browns on the coast, so this year I’m tying up some streamers to bring with me, and I’m going to do some more active streamer fishing after trout when heading into the river.
The zoo cougar is a good pattern to start with: the collar and the deer head will push a lot of water and make it swim high in the water (unless fishing with sinking line) and be a versatile pattern to fish with. I have not done any weighted versions yet, but that will added later.
The pattern can be done in different colours to adjust to your waters, a olive version:
A white version:
And while tying it I had to do a articulated version to get my large streamer box going. I know: it is not big by all accounts, just big for what I’ve been tying so far! The version is tied with A.Jensen Danish Seatrout hooks in #2 at front and #4 in rear
As normally when I start investigating a pattern: a set of zoo cougars
Hook: Partridge M2 #2/0 Tag: Veevus small, Lagartun yellow silk floss Tail: GP Butt: Ostrich Body: first half yellow with red veiling, second half silver, separated by ostrich herl Rib: Veevus small Hackle: Yellow over silver Front hackle: Red Wing: Yellow swan underwing, 2 yellow rooster back to back, red GP tail feather Sides: Black&white + Blue Guinea, CDC toucan, JC Topping: GP
A while back I got a request from a person I know from Facebook if I could help out with a pattern that he had a magazine clipping of, but never had seen in real-life. The pattern was created by Alex Simpson and was a pattern inspired by the moon landing in 1969: the silver body being the rocket body, red and yellow tail was the flames, the blue/black guinea was the surface of the moon and the JC the windows out to space.
The original pattern calls for Indian Crow (veiling) and Toucan (sides), but I don’t have that, so going for some substitutes in the spirit of the idea behind the pattern instead. The picture included (a very small one) also shows what appears as IC veiling on the tail, but it was not in the pattern description that I was sent, so I excluded that.
Hook: Partridge M2 #1/0 Thread: Semperfli 18/0 Tag: Gold tinsel and yellow silk Rear hackle: Red, cheeked with kingfisher Body: Black chenille Center hackle: Yellow, cheeked with kingfisher Front hackle: Black and black heron, cheeked with kingfisher
2017 starts out with another Grub: the “Autumn Creeper” from Kelson (1895). The original have red macaw, yellow macaw and vulturine hackle with chatterer cheeks: here I have substituted with standard hackle to get the same colour scheme in the fly.
Hook: Mustad 80500-npbl #1/0 Thread: Semperfli 18/0 Tag: Silver and light blue silk Tail: swan & macaw Rear hackle: Black, cheeked with kingfisher Body: Black chenille with a black hackle in the center, cheeked with kingfisher Front hackle: Black, cheeked with kingfisher
Continuing the grub series, here a pattern from George Kelson “The salmon fly” from 1895. I substituted ibis with swan, powdered blue macaw with blue/yellow macaw and chatterer with kingfisher. The look and feel is the what is important here (plus the fact that I don’t have 6 chatterer feathers around for testing out new patterns). Will try to tie this one up with light blue hackle tips to see how that can work: the kingfisher is not maintaining that clear colour once it is in water, so for fishing purposes it would be good to have something that will last a bit longer.
A pattern that can be tied up with both shorter (and more sparse) hackle and one with longer hackle, depending on the movement you want in the water. A heron hackle in front of either the rear or front hackle could also be something to explore.