Friday, November 23, 2012

"Skipper"

"Skipper" a streamer created with the use of furnace badger hackle incorporated in the wing. Badger hackle has that predominate natural stripe running down the canter of the feather which forms a nice clean natural look to the streamer as well as a more realistic look to a forage fish.

Do fish see in color? Some say yes and some say no. The black and white photo of Skipper shows the distinct lines of the badger feather, along with the white throat. This along with the sheen from the peacock herl is probably enough to draw a strike.

"Skipper" in color.




These two streamers. "Beau" and "Skipper" each tied with badger hackle. Beau with Silver Badger, and Skipper with Furnace Hackle.


As fish see them, maybe.

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21 comments:

  1. Hi Alan....I don't know about fish but they caught this fisherman's attention.

    Beautiful stuff.

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    1. Ed,
      Thanks.
      You know that most flies are designed to do just that.

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  2. Very unique and beautiful fly

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    1. Jeff,
      Thanks.
      I appreciate your comment.

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  3. I always wondered this myself, both sides make sense. It adds another realm to tying for sure! By the way that is the nicest herl I've seen! Very full and it took that red brilliantly!

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    1. Bill,
      Thanks.
      That color herl works well on Picket Pins.

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  4. Another winner Brk Trt!......Still waiting to see that coffee table book of your flies.

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    1. Kiwi,
      Thanks.
      If only I had the time to put one together. This thing called angling always gets in the way.

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  5. Alan
    Absolutely stunning streamers----tied to perfection. I have to say I don't fish the streamer enough, after seeing these: makes me think I am missing out on some good takes--thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell,
      Thanks.
      I myself don't fish them enough. Fishing small streams limits there use. But when on larger waters I put them into action.

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  6. Hi Alan!

    Nice streamers as usual! I guess that you don't fish for brook trout with these. Brown trout would most certainly get attracted by them. Thanks for sharing!

    Friendly greetings,
    Mats Olsson

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    1. The Jassid Man,
      Thanks.
      Your right. Browns prefer the subtle colors.

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  7. very cool looking in B&W - amazingly vibrant in color. that one makes you hope fish can see in color.

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    1. Steve,
      Thanks.
      I think they do. Ever fish a tan caddis when dark ones are hatching.

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  8. Beautiful flies Alan and not diminished one bit by the black and whites.

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    1. cofisher,
      Thanks.
      I love how black and white photos work so well with some subjects.

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  9. BT,
    If i remember, you use a 7 foot something fly rod?? I was thinking about a getting a 7 foot redington pursuit, or a 6 foot greys streamflex. The former is 99 compared to 250$, so most likely the redington. My question is do these short rods still cast alright? Also, could you recommend a few nice small stream rods?
    Thanks,
    Cliff

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    1. cphaneuf,
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      Cliff, I have no experience with either rod, but for 99 dollars it would work well for small streams. As far as casting the rods I use work very well on small to medium streams.
      I have been fishing a TFO Signature rod for several years. It's a 6ft 2wt and it's awesome. It's cost is about 99 bucks.

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    1. Peter Patenaude,
      Thanks.
      I appreciate it.

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