#92-2013 – Gray Wolf’s Llama Hair Chapman’s Smelt by Eunan Hendron
Tied by: Eunan Hendron
Originated by: Gray Wolf
Source: Streamer Source: Tying Classic Freshwater Streamers, Klausmeyer (2004), Pg. 119
Gray Wolf’s Llama Hair Chapman’s Smelt Recipe
Hook: 4xl streamer hook #2-#8
Thread: Black 8/0
Body: Highlander Green floss
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Wing: White llama hair with pearl krystal flash, then gray llama hair with black krystal flash, then olive llama hair with rainbow krystal flash
Shoulder: Mallard flank
Eye: Jungle cock
Notes: The Gray Wolf’s Llama Hair Chapman’s Smelt streamer is another pattern from the series of streamers Gray Wolf has developed using llama hair in the wing. Llama hair was used in place of marabou in a number of patterns based on it’s movement, water absorption and durability. The pattern was intro ducted to the line of streamers in 2005 and was intended to be an imitative pattern to drive big fish wild. The colours blend beautifully when they get wet and the layered flash embedded into the wing give the fly some extra life and glint in the light.
Eunan Hendron – I’ve been tying flies since I was about 10 or 11, a direct progression from fishing stillwater team competitions with my father as a young boy. I began tying classic flies (wet, streamer and atlantic salmon) towards the end of 2011, having never tied them before. A pretty steep learning curve, not for the feint of heart, but many thanks are due to the members of various forums who gave me tips and constructive criticism to aid my progression.
Eunan’s Addicted to Vise blog
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#91-2013 U.S. Air Force – Tom Fulton
Tied by: Tom Fulton
Originated by: Tom Fulton
U.S. Air Force Hairwing Streamer Recipe
Hook: Mustad Chestertown 3300 #7
Thread: White 6/0 flat waxed
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Tail: Golden pheasant 1 red and 1 gold body feather
Butt: Black ostrich herl
Body: Dark blue rayon thread
Rib: Silver oval tinsel, black floss and silver flat tinsel
Belly: Peacock herl from eye stick
Throat: Peacock breast feather
Wing: White polar bear
Shoulder: Golden pheasant neck feather and gold body feather
Topping: Golden pheasant crest
US Air Force – Official Colors are Blue, Black, and Sliver
Notes: This is the last streamer in Tom’s series created to honor the brave members of the United States military. For the project, Tom had created hairwing versions of all of his patterns that were originally tied as featherwing flies. The official blue, black and silver Air Force colors dominate Tom’s design with igneous red and gold pheasant feathers placed to give the illusion of flight.
“We owe our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines a debt of gratitude, and I thank you all for your service.”
Tom Fulton – I’m from northern California and am a self taught fly fisher and tier. I’ve fished all over the western U.S. I have a real love for small mountain streams, but cut my teeth on the wild trout of the lower Sacramento River.
The Art of the Fly
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#90-2013 Platte River Bucktail – Kevin Kirkelie
Tied by: Kevin Kirkelie
Originated by: Bud Miller
Platte River Bucktail Streamer Pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad 79580 #1
Thread: Black 6/0
Body: Brown floss or embroidery thread
Rib: Gold flat tinsel
Throat: Red bucktail tied short
Wing: Mixed yellow and natural brown bucktail
Collar: Brown furnace and yellow hackle (4 wraps)
Notes: The Platte River Special is a preverbal favourite for fishing browns and bows on the patterns namesake river. The feather wing Platte River Special was developed by Bud Miller in the early 1950′s and has since spawned several variations of the fly. Kevin’s bucktail version has become an excellent streamer for fishing during the fall season. It is as good as a dinner bell for attracting big hungry brown trout.
Kevin Kirkelie – In having a Grandfather who was a avid fisherman, I was hooked at a early age. So…from my dad’s handy craftsmanship, he made me a homemade vise to start tying with, so that set the stage for what turned out to be my greatest artistic passion ever.
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#89-2013 Lake Erie Shiner – Bob Petti
Tied by: Bob Petti
Originated by: Floyd Franke
Source: The Mid-Altantic Flyfishing Guide (Magazine)
Hook: Unknown 4xl #6-#12
Thread: Olive 6/0
Body: Pearl Tinsel wrapped over White Uni-Stretch
Belly: White bucktail or goat
Throat: Light blue hackle fibers
Wing: Olive Bucktail topped with Olive Brown Bucktail
Eye: Yellow painted eye with black center
Notes: Bob found this imitative little casting streamer amongst the pages of The Mid-Altantic Flyfishing Guide, a free publication available to anglers in the Mid-Atlantic states along the eastern US coast. Mr. Floyd developed the Lake Erie Shiner to be fished as an imitative streamer, a notion that was struck after witnessing fishermen easily catching their limit using bait. While the original article was published with black and white photographs of the fly, it was seeing the flies in person that really piqued Bob’s interest and helped tip the pattern into Bob’s streamer box. Bob’s instinct was correct, and the fly pattern has since become his favourite bucktail and a trusted streamer for lunker bass.
Bob Petti – Bob Petti is a fly fisherman and fly tyer from the Catskill Mountain region of New York. Like so many other fly tyers, he started his journey innocently. “All I wanted was the ability to tie the Royal Wulff, Elk Hair Caddis, Adams, and Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear. I didn’t have much money and it wasn’t easy to buy flies at the time. Heck I couldn’t even afford a decent pair of waders back then, so I thought a small investment in tying flies would pay off in the long run.” A couple decades later his one-shoe-box hobby has grown to a full blown identity.
Bob on Global Fly Fisher
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