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A while back, a subscriber and customer of mine requested that I make a large articulated streamer for him. He wanted something for large browns pushing 30" that are primarily predatory in a lake he fishes. He has witnessed the browns attacking rainbow trout up to 10 inches, and says they just wont eat anything else. So, I started on this pattern. I spent a few weeks getting the tying down on this fly, and blew through quite a few hooks. I started off with a lead dumbbell eye for weight and to keep it swimming upright, and then settled on keeling the fly with some lead wraps. He wanted to keep this from sinking too fast though, as he was going to fish it on a sink tip line. So I found the minimum wraps of lead was 5 on a .025 lead wire to keep it swimming upright. Also, after I filmed this video, I realized that you have to fish it for a minute or two, getting it to sink underwater to soak up water in the rabbit strip in order for it to relax while swimming. The hide holds air bubbles, and wants to rise to the surface. Which makes for a funny looking back on the fly. However I don't think that will effect its fishability as it could be perceived to a fish as a dorsal fin. However after a few minutes of fishing (or me soaking it in a bowl of water) I did find that it swam more evenly, and that tail kicked out to the side more, rather than wanting to lift up. So I myself have not been able to fully test this fly on fish. I just don't have anywhere I can fish for large browns or pike, or bass that are praying on 6" rainbows. However I will keep you guys updated on whether or not this works out for him, and if he allows, maybe post up a picture of his very large brown trout he catches with it. However after working on getting this fly to swim just right for a few months, I am confident fish will like it based on its action. Ok as promised here is a list of the materials I used on this fly. Tail Hook: Gamakatsu B10S in size 2 Front Hook: Ahrex PR320 in size 4/0 Thread: Veevus 140 Power thread in Olive Tail Feathers: Olive and White Blood Quill Marabou Tail Flash: Pearl Krystal Flash Top Wing: Black Barred Olive Rabbit Strip Belly: Custom Dubbing Brush Pink Accent: Pink Version of the Custom Dubbing Brush Wire: Thin Black Intruder Wire Bead: I got it at walmart... Just find a random plastic bead with holes large enough for the wire to fit through twice. Dubbing: White and Olive Senyos Laser Dub Eye: 7mm "Ice" Living Eyes Eye Adhesive: Gell Super Glue Head Cement: Solarez "ultra thin" UV Resin
This very large streamer tied on a 4/0 hook is made specifically for pike, but large bass would hit this as well. This fly moves really nicely in the water, and has a lot of flash and bright colors. Also being tied with craft fur, it flows really nicely when moving. To keep the craft fur tail from fowling up on the hook, I tied a bit of buck tail underneath it since buck tail is a bit more stiff. Also, I tied a bit of Unique hair in between the craft fur because it doesn't hold water, and still adds lots of bulk without the weight. So you can tie this larger with it still staying cartable. Hook: Gamakatsu Inline Octopus SE 4xStrong - size 4/0 Thread: Danville's 210 flat waxed Krazy or Super Glue Bucktail: Chartreuse Extra Select Craft Fur: Chartreuse and Black Unique Hair: Purple Crystal Flash: Silver Flashabou: Saltwater size, Pearl Dubbing: Arctic Wind, Black and Hot Yellow Polar Chanille Eyes: 10mm 3D eyes Adhesive: Fletch Tite