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Tom

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sorry it's been so long since my last post, it took a friendly reminder from the powers that be that it had been so long! :rolleyes: A couple weeks ago, I instructed a class on several classic streamers-only with a twist. After tying hundreds of these common and popular patterns for Eldredge Bros, I just can't sit down and tie them for myself-no matter how effective they are. The following are a few variations on established patterns I've been using over the past few years. I have three basic variations I can use on nearly every streamer pattern:

"Muddlerize"-deer hair heads are pretty well established on several otherwise effective patterns. The Bow River Bugger and Kennebago Muddler come to mind right off. You can add a deer hair head to nearly any pattern.

"Zonkerize"-by replacing the traditional wing of any classic streamer with an appropriately colored zonker rabbit strip, you can create a much more effective and durable pattern. Zonker strip wings also give a more realistic profile than marabou winged patterns.

"Clouserize"-dumbell eyes get you down to where the fish are. They also add an extremely effective jig action in addition to slightly preventing fouling on bottom or other debris. you can "Clouserize" any bucktail streamer.

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Woods Special Muddler

hook: daiichi 1720 or 1560

tail:golden pheasant tippets

body: orange or chinese orange uni yarn

wing: mallard flank dyed wood duck

collar: grizzly hen hackle

head: natural deer hair

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Black Ghost Zonker Spey

hook: daiichi 2220

tail: mallard flank dyed yellow

body: black tinsel chenille or petit estaz

rib: oval silver tinsel

wing: white rabbit zonker strip

collar: mallard flank dyed yellow, wrapped sparingly

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Magog Clouser

hook: daiichi 1710 or 1720

tail: teal flank angled upward

body: silver bills bodi-braid

eyes: painted dumbell, sized to hook

wing: white, yellow, purple bucktail, under peacock herl and sparse pearl flash

It was a really enjoyable class, and unfortunately the last one that I'll be teaching this winter. Thanks to all that showed up!

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Very nice patterns you tied for us.

I couldn't agree with you more on your comment, ""Zonkerize"-by replacing the traditional wing of any classic streamer with an appropriately colored zonker rabbit strip, you can create a much more effective and durable pattern. Zonker strip wings also give a more realistic profile than marabou winged patterns.""

Last fall and over the winter I been hearing more and more people talk about John Barr's Slumpbuster as the go to pattern. Even thought his pattern calls for squirrel, the look and effect are the same.

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thanks. If you haven't yet, be sure to tie some slumpbusters up-one of my favorite patterns. The recipe is in my post on the last class I taught. A very lifelike and bombproof fly.

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Gordon-we'll get you fishing freshwater yet! BRK TRT, that is one of my go to fall brook trout streamers, though I fish it more as a dry. Grease the head up and skate it across the surface.

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Tom: Great class. I have not tied any yet at home because I've been busy with swaps, contests, and other patterns but it was really interesting to learn the various streamer options and see how they are tied. Thanks.

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