Larry Leight and Ian Collin James Streamers

Things have been a little quiet on the streamer front, so I’m posting a couple interesting streamers that you can buy or bid on through Ebay.

First up is an new offering from serial streamer junkie Larry Leight. The Whaupaunaucau is a sweet looking blue and golden badger winged long fly. It is tied on the Gaelic Supreme size 1 10xl hook.

Whaupaunaucau streamer fly by Larry Leight

Whaupaunaucau by Larry Leight

Another collector piece from Larry is his tying of Mike Martinek’s Pete Windrush Special.

Pete Windrush Special (Martinek) tied by Larry Leight

Pete Windrush Special (Martinek) tied by Larry Leight

Next up is a framed Carrie Stevens streamer tied by the late Canadian tyer Ian Collin James. The Blue Devil is tied on the Partridge CS15 hook and nicely framed and ready to hang.

Blue Devil streamer tied by Ian James

Blue Devil streamer tied by Ian James

One last item to note is a series of full dressed salmon flies by renowned author and fly tyer Michael D. Radencich. The flies include the Dusty Miller, Garry Snow Fly, The Napoleon, and The Gordon.

Dusty Miller Fly dressed by internationally known fly tyer and author Michael D. Radencich

Dusty Miller Fly dressed by internationally known fly tyer and author Michael D. Radencich

Allcock Heritage BG3 Hooks

You don’t often see these coveted Allcock Heritage BG3 Streamer Hooks for sale. Luckily for streamer tyers, there is a set of size #4 an #2 hooks up for grabs on Ebay this week. The hooks were distributed by Castle Arms a few years back and have been sold out for several years. These Allcock B3G Heritage hooks were made in Redditch, England much like the originals. While the original hooks came in a wide range of sizes, lengths and wire thickness, the Heritage Allcock hooks are available in the size #2 and #4 as we have here. The hooks are a bit heavier than the Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer hooks, but make for a nice hook to tie a display streamer on. They have a nice Sproat bend, and 2.5″ shanks. When I was preparing the hook reference section for the site back in 2011, it was easier to find the older Allcock hooks than the limited production Heritage hooks from Castle Arms. I’ve since given away most of the hooks I had, but still have a couple I will someday tie a set of flies on.

Allcock Heritage BG3 Streamer Hooks

Allcock Heritage BG3 Streamer Hooks

Castle Arms Heritage Allcock Streamers Hook Profile

Castle Arms Heritage Allcock Streamers Hook Profile

Seller Mike Houle has a nice offering of carded flies in his Ebay store. Included are flies by Warren Duncan, George Fletcher, Wallace Doak, Wendell Folkins and this nice specimen from Streamers 365 contributor Selene Dumaine. Selene’s streamer is called “Christmas Delight” and is a beautifully tied example of Selene’s work and a fine piece for any collector. Selene is known for her thoughtful custom streamers and for keeping traditions alive such as the enviable skill of tying Rangeley Streamers “in-hand” as it was done by Mrs.Carrie Stevens.

Selene Dumaine Christmas Delight Feather-wing Streamer

Selene Dumaine Christmas Delight Feather-wing Streamer

Good luck bidding.

Green Drake tied by Stanley Williams

Green Drake originated by Carrie Stevens and tied by Stanley Williams

Green Drake originated by Carrie Stevens and tied by Stanley Williams

Tied by: Stanley Williams
Originated by: Carrie G. Stevens

Green Drake Streamer Fly Pattern

Hook: Mustad 3907 B #2
Thread: White 8/0
Tag: Silver flat metal tinsel
Body: Orange silk floss
Rib: Silver flat metal tinsel
Belly: White goat hair
Throat: White goose hackle fiber
Under-wing: 4-6 peacock herls
Wing: 2 black hackles flanked by shorter green hackle
Shoulder: Gadwall flank feather
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black w/ orange band

Notes: I was surprised to find this elegant streamer in my mailbox earlier this week. It was an unexpected gift from Maine fly tyer Stanley Williams along with another Stevens pattern. While I’ve been tying the classics patterns of Carrie Stevens for years, I’ve never really made the attempt to recreate them as such, aside from tying a few in hand for the Carrie’s Challenge. Stanley has an eye for the details, and has taken extra step of using authentic materials rather than the convenience of modern ones.

Stanley’s Green Drake is built on a vintage Mustad 3907 B #2, a hook that while not an antique Alcock 1810, it is almost indistinguishable from the hooks Carrie Stevens tied on. It has an ideal wire thickness, 8xl length, bronze finish and a classic sproat bend. If you have ever tried tying with metal tinsel, you will know the frustration that can occur from an overplayed length. I’ve broken off many metal tinsels after spending time smoothing down a silk floss body, and I commend the few tyers who use it regularly on their streamers.

Like Carrie Stevens, Stan likes to take advantage of locally available materials. The throat on this streamer is tied using feather fibers from a wild goose that was harvested in Maine. The fly is rounded out with a goat hair belly, a material that isn’t common to see in 2016, but was a common element in flies tied by Carrie Stevens.

The fly came framed and will find a space on my fly tying room wall along side some other notable streamers.

Thanks Stan.

You can see more of Stanley’s work on his Facebook page Stan’s Streamers.

Teal Blue & Black by Tuomas Iso-Ahola

Teal Blue & Black - Tuomas Iso-Ahola

Teal Blue & Black – Tuomas Iso-Ahola

Tied by: Tuomas Iso-Ahola
Originated by: Tuomas Iso-Ahola

Teal Blue & Black Streamer Fly Pattern

Hook: Mustad R79 #2
Thread: Black 8/0
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Body: Black floss
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: Silver Dr. blue then black schlappen fibers
Under-wing: 4-6 peacock herls
Wing: 2 Silver Dr. blue hackles flanked by black hackle
Shoulder: Teal flank
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

Notes: I have always been a fan of dark flies with black and blue predominately. Perhaps it is the dissimilarity it presents from the usual earthy tomes of green and brown I like to fish. This strikingly coloured streamer was inspired by Tuomas’ addiction to fishing black and blue flies. The teal shoulder is a nice fit and pulls from the classic wet flies Teal & Black and Teal, Blue & Silver threads. This streamer will be most at home in Tuomas’ Scandinavian home waters, but should fair equally as well on the North American side of the pond.

Tuomas-Iso-Ahola_head Tuomas Iso-Ahola – I was born in Kalmari (Saarijärvi, Finland) 1983. My fishing history began when I was four years old. My father took me with him to fish with a hook and worm. In 2005 I started to fly fish and was instantly ”hooked”. Fly fishing is my lifestyle and my favorite places to fish are the rivers.
Tuomas’s Streamer Blog |
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Copper Green by Cameron Sangster

Copper Green  by Cameron Sangster

Copper Green by Cameron Sangster

Tied by: Cameron Sangster
Originated by: Cameron Sangster

Copper Green Streamer Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Mustad #2 8xl R79-94720
Thread: Black 8/0
Body: Copper flat tinsel
Belly: Yellow bucktail
Throat: Red hackle fibers
Wing: Green hackle flanked by brown hackle
Shoulder: Ringneck pheasant back
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

Notes:

Cameron has created a series of original designs based on and inspired by the works of Carrie Stevens which include this streamer and his Antique streamer. The Copper / Green has been crafted to mimic the colors of bait fish that can be found in and around the Great Lakes where Cameron often chooses to wet a line. The pheasant cheek creates a nice fat target for predators, and the fly has been successful swinging in some of Ontario’s fast flowing waters.

Cameron Sangster Cameron Sangster – I was 9 years old and my grandfather was an avid Atlantic salmon and brook trout fly fisherman. He would take yearly trips to the Gaspe region of Quebec to fish the Matapedia and other rivers. I was introduced to fly fishing by him and my father at a private fishing club they belonged to. One time before one of his salmon trips my grandfather placed some used salmon flies on the table. He asked me to tie them as close as possible to the original. From then on, after taking a few lessons, I have been tying off and on for 35 yrs.
[visit Cameron’s streamer page on Streamers 365]

Rockwell Falls by Larry Leight

Rockwell Falls - Larry Leight

Rockwell Falls – Larry Leight

Tied by: Larry Leight
Originated by: Larry Leight

Rockwell Falls Streamer Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer hook #1 10xl
Thread: Black 8/0
Tag: Copper flat tinsel
Tail: Purple hackle fibers
Body: Peacock mylar mylar
Rib: Gold oval tinsel
Belly: Peacock herl, dark blue then purple then black bucktail (sparse)
Throat: Silver pheasant crest, then purple hackle fibers the Silver Dr. blue hackle fibers
Wing: Black hackle flanked by brown dun hackle flanked by kingfisher blue hackle flanked by purple Coq de Leon hackle
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

Notes:

Rockwell Falls can be found on the upper Hudson River as it flows through the town of Lake Lucerne. The colors for the Rockwell Falls streamer were inspired by his wife’s betta fish.

Larry Leight Larry Leight – When I lived up North in NY State there were many places to test my flies. Now, living here in the coastal south of North Carolina not so much, and I really miss it. At present, my own streamers are works of art, but are made to work.
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Piccaso by Darren MacEachern

Piccaso - Darren MacEachern

Piccaso – Darren MacEachern

Tied by: Darren MacEachern
Originated by: Darren MacEachern

Piccaso Fly Pattern

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley streamer hook #2 8xl
Thread: Black FWN
Tag: Silver embossed tinsel
Tail: Black schlappen
Body: Mixed UNI-yarn, black, brown and khaki
Rib: Silver embossed tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: Pink hackle fibers
Wing: 2 black hackles flanked by white hackle flanked by light Coq de Leon
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

Notes: The pattern is a tribute to a cat named Piccaso that passed away in 2015. The colors in the pattern reflect the colors she had in her coat, and of course the pink throat is tied for her nose. Over the years, she had contributed to several dubbing mixes which were tied into nymph patterns. These flies caught a good deal of Arctic grayling and trout which she was offered a share.

Darren MacEachern – Darren has been fishing from the age of 4 all across Canada. He started on the east coast in Prince Edward Island before moving west to the banks of the Bow River in Calgary Alberta. he now resides just outside of Toronto, fishing the Great Lakes and the fine tributary waters around.
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[visit Darren’s streamer page on Streamers 365]

Undulaatti by Tuomas Iso-Ahola

Undulaatti - Tuomas Iso-Ahola

Undulaatti – Tuomas Iso-Ahola

Tied by: Tuomas Iso-Ahola
Originated by: Tuomas Iso-Ahola

Undulaatti Fly Pattern

Hook: Mustad 3907 A #2
Thread: White 8/0
Tag: Silver embossed tinsel
Body: White floss
Rib: Silver embossed tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: Silver Dr. blue schlappen
Under-wing: 4-6 peacock herls
Wing: 2 Silver Dr. blue hackles flanked by yellow hackle
Shoulder: Lemon wood duck flank
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: White

Notes: The Undulaatti featherwing streamer is a bright yellow fly with blue undertones. In Finnish, Undulaatti means budgie, a suiting name for the brightly coloured fly. Tomas used Carrie Stevens’ Morning Glory pattern as the starting inspiration and swapped colors on some materials to arrive at the finished streamer. The streamer was tested in Finnish waters during the spring run and faired well with trout.

Tuomas-Iso-Ahola_head Tuomas Iso-Ahola – I was born in Kalmari (Saarijärvi, Finland) 1983. My fishing history began when I was four years old. My father took me with him to fish with a hook and worm. In 2005 I started to fly fish and was instantly ”hooked”. Fly fishing is my lifestyle and my favorite places to fish are the rivers.
Tuomas’s Streamer Blog |
[visit Tuomas Iso-Ahola’s streamer page on Streamers 365]

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