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Old 02-11-18, 12:12 AM   #1
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Default Intro into streamers

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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Old 02-11-18, 10:16 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 02-11-18, 10:32 AM   #3
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Looks good
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Old 02-11-18, 01:07 PM   #4
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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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Old 02-11-18, 01:38 PM   #5
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Like I said you're killing the tying game!


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Old 02-11-18, 03:48 PM   #6
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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!
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Old 02-11-18, 05:34 PM   #7
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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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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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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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