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! 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.
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
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
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!