Monday, March 5, 2012

Natural Hackles, Natural Streamers


Along with fishing small streams another pleasure I enjoy is tying streamer flies.
Most of the streamers can be fished successfully, although they are not practical for small streams.
Larger rivers and lakes and ponds are where these flies really prove their value.

The two streamers I have tied here will be put to the test in the next week or so on the river that is pictured first in this post.



The "Dace"
This streamer takes the shape and color of this widely known forage fish. Its size and swimming motion will bring out the hunger in most predators.

"DACE"


This streamer is called "33".
Its name comes from the fact its wing is tied with six saddle hackles, three on each side. They are of different colors.
"33"


The one thing in common with both these streamers is that both have an outside hackle of Silver Badger. This feather provides a great natural silver/gray fish color along with a natural black lateral line along the body.

24 comments:

  1. Beautiful ties, I especially like the dace. It is very sharp looking. Your silver badger feathers you used on them are flawless. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Johnny Utah,
      Thanks.
      That silver badger saddle was one of those "all the feathers were almost perfect". Once in awhile you get one.

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    1. G Lech,
      Thanks.
      I hope they will produce.

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  3. Beautiful streamers. The first one looks like a killer for sure. Thanks for posting them.

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    1. Kiwi,
      Thanks.
      When I looked at the both finished streamers I had the same thought.

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  4. crackers the pair of them !

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    1. Col,
      Thanks.
      "crackers the pair of them" That I like.

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  5. Both great looking streamers. Have fun putting them into service this week!

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    1. Sanders,
      Thanks.
      I can't wait to fish those big flies in somewhat larger waters.

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  6. Beautiful streamers! Now I know what to use the larger nails on my JC Hackles that remain after making a batch of Jassids.

    Have fun and good luck with the streamers on their first outing,
    Mats Olsson

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    1. The Jassid Man,
      Thanks.
      That feather makes great shoulders on streamers.

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  7. I can't imagine any self-respecting fish not wanting to eat those...lovely work as always. Good luck on the outing , look forward to seeing one of those beauties in the corner of a fishs jaw!

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher,
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      Lets hope so. And I would love to see the same.

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  8. You will have no problem catching fish on those flies! Nice Job and I like the way the river in the first pic looks.

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    1. Savage,
      Thanks.
      I'm going to test it tomorrow in that river in the first pic.

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  9. Oh yeah. I'd say the flies and the river match perfectly. Nice ties.

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    1. Jim Yaussy Albright,
      Thanks.
      Hope things work out OK

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  10. I really enjoy watching the swimming action of a well tied fly such as yours my friend. And that river looks like a great spot..can't wait for your report..Tight Lines Brk Trt!

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    1. penbayman,
      Thanks.
      Those Rangeley style streamers can impart some action.

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  11. Those streamers are beyond good, I really envy you. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      I appreciate your comment.

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  12. Those maybe the most attractive streamer flies tied with silver badger I have ever seen.

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    1. Todd,
      Thanks.
      I appreciate your comments.

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