For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Small Stream Featherwing Streamers
I have been fooling around with some featherwing streamer flies designed for use in small streams. Most of the flies have been tied on size 10 and 12 hooks either Mustad 3665A or Kieth Fulsher Thunder Creek. I really like the Thunder Creek hook. I have already tested a few patterns and they do get it done. These flies are designed to be fished on small streams and they do an excellent job of looking like many of the small baitfish that are found in most small streams. Most of the flies use a Furnace or Badger hackle for the wing. I like those hackles for the provide a dark stripe down the center as well as a dark shoulder. When looking at the fly you may say the wing looks to long and might be problem causing fouling. I can tell you they don't. I use jungle cock eyes because I have an abundance of little nails.
Most of the bodies are just thread, with mylar tinsel, some have Uni-stretch. I vary the color of the tail and throat hackle. So below are six patterns and three of them have been stream tested. I am quite satisfied that as the weather gets better my success with these flies will increase.
We have some snow in the forecast...good tying....