Friday, September 15, 2017

Shoulders And "Doctor R"

Here are a few of the many shoulder combinations I use in the construction of Rangeley streamer flies. Each feather is from a different bird, pheasant, partridge, silver pheasant, peacock etc. Then a jungle cock nail is placed on the shoulder feather and when tied on the front of the streamer it gives the appearance of the broad shoulder area of a forage fish. In future posts I'll be using these combinations in the streamers I tie and you'll be able to see how they play in the final fly.



This is "Doctor R"...a Rangeley Streamer.


Hook, Martinek Rangeley Streamer,...Body, orange yarn,...Tag and Rib, flat silver tinsel,...Throat, white hackle, followed by orange hackle fibers,...Wing, two white saddle feathers and two orange saddle feathers,...Shoulder ringneck pheasant feather,...Cheek, jungle cock.





12 comments:

  1. Alan
    Beautiful streamers. They should be framed!

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    1. TROUT1
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      Pete I truly appreciate it.

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  2. I have two of your flies that are framed, I love everyone of these flies you tie , beautiful as always.

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    1. Brad Basehore
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      Brad it's good to hear from you. I have another fly that I've been fishing, one that came from the book you sent me. I have one more area/stream I want to fish it before giving a report on it.
      Be well buddy.

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  3. Hi Alan, I'm a big fan of JC nails but like ribeye they tend to be a little pricey. I don't have a whole skin so I buy small packets which arrive mostly split. I salvage the splits by stroking them to fill the gaps and then coat the back of the nail with thinned out Sally Hansen. Works pretty well.

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    1. John Dornk
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      John searching the net as well as the fly fishing shows in January I've found some very good JC capes and at very reasonable prices. When buying the cape you also get a variety of sizes, and like you said the nails can be repaired. Also the JC feathers that come on the cape are great soft-hackle feathers, a natural for tenkara flies too.

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    1. Mark Kautz
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      Mark I appreciate your comment.

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  5. Alan
    I can why your streamers are so colorful!!! Jason and I are really enjoying the ones you tie for us. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill I'm glad you and Jason find them to your liking.

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  6. very good combinations of shoulders for the bundle of streamers, I had not seen them before .. I'll keep them in mind for my next tied up ... thanks Alan ..

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    1. Armando Milosevic
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      Armand shoulders are important in the construction of streamers, and they look so nice.

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