For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Streamer flies have been with us for years. Some have said that native people centuries ago wrapped animal hair to hook fashioned pieces of bone to catch fish. The golden era of streamer flies took place in the 1920's through the 1970's it is at this time that the beautiful patterns began to show up in many tackle shops throughout the United States. Great fly tyers like Carrie Stevens, Herb Welch, Lew Oatman, Preston Jennings and many others started lashing feathers to long hooks and created flies that would take many species of fish.
Many of these flies were designed to be fished by trolling them from a boat or canoe. This method of fishing is still very popular today. The streamers used for trolling are long flies, many are tied on the long shank hooks, and others are tied in a tandem fashion, using two hooks bound together with wire. These long flies would be very difficult to cast with conventional fly rods.
A Carrie Stevens pattern the "Tomahawk"...tied on an old Mustad long hook. This fly is perfect for trolling.
The iconic streamer fly...The "Gray Ghost" created by Carrie Stevens. This fly can be trolled or cast by conventional fly rods.
This fly was created by me...The "Grizzly Green"...a fine casting or trolling fly.