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    Iíve tied a few small basic buggers, but I finally got my material to tie some serious streamers today. I thought about taking it slowly and work on a simple baitfish pattern or maybe some larger slightly more complex woolly buggers, but I decided to go all in instead. I got the majority of my inspiration from the Bonga, but I had to improvise in a few places. I didnít have the articulation wire so I made due with some 50lb braided line. I used strung saddle hackle instead of schlappen, and I kind of just winged(wung?) it in a few places.
    The craft fur head turned out a little sloppy. I should have left myself a little more room to manipulate my thread so everything wasnít so tight right behind the eye. However, I was surprised how nice the brown fur looked against the black body. I intended to color with a marker when I was done, but I kind of like the slight contrast.
    At any rate, here she is.



    Iím hoping I get a break in the thunderstorms tomorrow so I can go out and test her along with my new 6wt.


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  • #2
    Nice job erik. No doubt that 'dog will hunt'. Don't forget to follow-up with some pic's of catches when you get that fly wet.
    Tight lines!!

    Doc

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    • #3
      Looks good
      "Something to think about: If you fish the wrong fly long and hard enough, it will sooner or later become the right fly."
      ~John Gierach~

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      • #4
        If thatís the second pattern youíve tied, youíre doing really good. Sink tip and stained water is all I got to say.

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        • #5
          Like I said you're killing the tying game!


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          • #6
            Well, I fished the thing up at the dam for a solid two hours today. I got a few hits when I stripped it slow, but they were all directly downstream. I pulled the hook out each time, but I’d still say it was a success. I was just happy they found it purty enough to eat!
            I ended up losing it, so now I’m about to tie a few more up.
            This is fun!
            Fly tying instagram @erikclymore

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            • #7
              Looks money


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              • #8
                I'd love to join you for some R&D! We could take my ol canoe out and see if that changes the catch rates. Also, What size hooks did you use on it?


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                • #9
                  John, I used Gamakatzu b10s size 2. I do regret not getting any beads when I was at hobby lobby last. Since I didn’t have anything to space the hooks with I put them right up close to each other to minimize the hooks wrapping up with themselves. The more I look at them I don’t like how close they are. I’m not sure it would effect the hookup rate much but I just don’t know for sure.
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                  • #10
                    Thanks! Yeah I think the beads not only increase be length, they can rattle against each other as they slide or when you strip the fly in so they add a sound element (maybe vibration element too).


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                    • #11
                      Erik, are you slanging that thing on your moonshine rod? Are you using streamer line? I.E. sink tip, or sinking line? I've been getting curious about streamer tossing lately....

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                      • #12
                        Just an FYI... It looks as if your lead eyes are tied on top of the hook in the pictures. If that is the case your fly will ride hooks pointed up on your fly. I know your color is constant throughout your fly but when you start getting contrasting colors from belly to back you will want to know which way the fly will ride in the water as to which color you put on top.
                        Streamers are an addiction and you are off to a good start

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                        • #13
                          Steve, I got a 6wt recently. Iíll throw smaller streamers on my 3wt with my mono rig but once they start getting bigger than a size 10/8 or are heavily weighted I donít risk it.


                          Originally posted by groundpounder View Post
                          Just an FYI... It looks as if your lead eyes are tied on top of the hook in the pictures. If that is the case your fly will ride hooks pointed up on your fly. I know your color is constant throughout your fly but when you start getting contrasting colors from belly to back you will want to know which way the fly will ride in the water as to which color you put on top.
                          Streamers are an addiction and you are off to a good start
                          Yeah, I didnít really take that into consideration on that first one but I tied accordingly on the last three I whipped up.
                          Fly tying instagram @erikclymore

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                          • #14
                            Great job Erik!!! I did notice that those hooks seem to have some sort of pointy object coming off of them at an angle just below the hook point. Maybe a defect???
                            I know where they live, I know what they eat. Now it's time to fool them with thread, feathers and roadkill.


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                            • #15
                              Steve, I got a 6wt recently. Iíll throw smaller streamers on my 3wt with my mono rig but once they start getting bigger than a size 10/8 or are heavily weighted I donít risk it.


                              Originally posted by groundpounder View Post
                              Just an FYI... It looks as if your lead eyes are tied on top of the hook in the pictures. If that is the case your fly will ride hooks pointed up on your fly. I know your color is constant throughout your fly but when you start getting contrasting colors from belly to back you will want to know which way the fly will ride in the water as to which color you put on top.
                              Streamers are an addiction and you are off to a good start
                              Yeah, I didnít really take that into consideration on that first one but I tied accordingly on the last three I whipped up.
                              Fly tying instagram @erikclymore

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