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Green Guinea Streamer #2/0

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Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black, UNI 6/0 Black
Tail: Pair of green Guinea feathers
Butt: Black Ostrich
Underbody: UNI-Floss White
Body: UNI-Floss Green, UNI-Mylar #10 Gold/Silver, UNI-French Oval Md Silver
Wing: Pair of Green Guinea feathers, Red feather from Golden Pheasant tail
Cheek: Pair of Purple Golden Pheasant, pair of green Guinea feathers
Throat: Green guinea

Winter is coming and with that I have started to tie up fully dressed salmon flies, but in a order from taimen.com I added a pack of 10xlong streamer hooks just for to see what I could do with them. Today I put one in my vice, and it was big! I normally tie up on #10-#18 dryfly/nymphs, so it was a daunting task. I browsed streamers365.com for inspiration for a while and pulled out what feathers I had that could match up with a hook on this size. I ended up with a green freestyle streamer based on what I had in my box (I realized I didn’t have much that could be put on a hook this size).

I’m quite pleased since this is the first attempt ever at anything remotely near this size. The one thing I am annoyed with is the French Oval: the top one right next to the ostrich herl ended up with a small gap between it and the Mylar.

Not quite sure what I should call this though: any input? Or is there a existing pattern that resembles this?

To compare what I normally would tie: here with a #12 white cdc & deer hair caddis:

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Rabbit Zonkers

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Hook: Dai-Riki 899 #6
Thread: UNI 6/0 Black
Tail/Body: Single strip of Rabbit Zonker, Tan

Never worked with Zonkers before, but this might be the simplest one yet: a single strip of Rabbit zonker, wrapped around the hook, tied in with thread. I fished this last weekend and got myself a Pollock, so I know it works. The Zonker really flows in the water: the tail and the body hair on this makes for very fluid motion. Of course I had to get a couple of other colors for the sea-trout fishing I’m going for this weekend.

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Small Bucktail Streamer

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Hook: TMC 5263 #12
Thread: UNI 6/0 Black
Tail: Yellow Bucktail
Body: UNI 6/0 thread with UNI Mylar #16 rib
Wing: White Bucktail

Small bucktail streamers is a good bet to have for rivers and lakes, these small ones in #12 is a good baitfish pattern to have available. Last year I got my first Sik (Coregonus lavaretus) on one of these with orange tail, so this year I will keep a good supply readily available when I go back to the same lake to hunt the slightly bigger one.