For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Sunday, June 8, 2014
The "Stayner Ducktail" and more.
The Stayner Ducktail is a streamer created by Ruel Stayner of Idaho. It was originally designed to be fished in lakes, which it does very well. But over the years this fly has been sized down and was introduced to rivers targeting trout. Again the fly out did itself. The Stayner Ducktail has quite a following in other places throughout the world. New Zealand comes to mind, the Ducktail has taken some memorable fish.
I have fished this fly a few times since first tying it about 10 days ago and have been successful catching trout each time. I have tied it in size 10, because I fish small streams and that seems to be the perfect size. The fly presents a perfect silhouette of a forage fish when wet. More about the Stayner Ducktail can be found at Mel Moore's blog "The Pond Stalker"
If you want to tie one here's the recipe...........Hook, any good streamer hook, size 10....Tail, orange saddle hackle fibers....Body....the original called for olive chenille but I used olive yarn which worked just fine....Rib, flat gold tinsel....Throat, orange hackle fibers....Wing, mallard flank feather.
Allen Fly Fishing has some wonderful items for the fly tyer and fly angler. I have purchased these items and I'm putting the test to them. The hooks I've not used yet, but the fly line and the furled leaders have been great.
The leaders turn over very well, the best I've seen.
This is their lowest priced fly line. The Compass series. It's a WF, Floating 3wt. It has a welded front loop, very slick and moves through the guides easily. There is almost no line memory and I use a English Battenkill conventional reel. It comes in a peach color similar to the old Cortland lines.