John Gierach’s Little Brown Trout Bucktail

“The solution to any problem — work, love, money, whatever — is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.”
-John Gierach

John Gierach’s Little Brown Trout is a classic for both bass and trout anglers. The bucktail was developed alongside the Gierach Special bucktail. John originally tied this fly pattern with pearl braid and weighted the body with lead wire.

John Gierach’s Little Brown Trout Bucktail Fly Pattern
Hook: Mustad L87-3665Axl #4-#10
Thread: White 6/0
Body: Pearl flat tinsel over white floss
Throat: White bucktail (short belly)
Wing: Orange bucktail, pearl Krystal Flash and fox squirrel tail
Topping: Peacock herl
Eye: Yellow painted eye with a black center
Head: Black

“If people don’t occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you’re doing something wrong.”
-John Gierach

Sources: Trout Bum -John Gierach (affiliate link)
Fly Tyer Magazine Spring 2004 Volume 10 No. 1 pg. 34-39

For more great bucktails check out Barrel full of Bucktails on globalFlyFisher.

Gierach Little Brown Trout Bucktail Fly Pattern
Gierach Little Brown Trout Bucktail Fly Pattern

Book Alert – Herbert L. Welch: Black Ghosts and Art in a Maine Guide’s Wilderness

The long-awaited book from authors Graydon Hilyard and Leslie Hilyard has been announced and is ready to hit shelves on December 1st, 2018. “Herbert L. Welch: Black Ghosts and Art in a Maine Guide’s Wilderness”, documents the infamous Maine outdoorsman and his many talents. In addition to boeing a talented fly tyer, Herbie is well-known as an artist, sculptor, taxidermist, fishing guide, and accomplished demo caster. Most modern fly tyers and anglers know Herb’s iconic Black Ghost fly. The new book includes 9 streamer fly patterns that Herbie originated or adapted and tied. For streamer aficionados like myself who can’t get enough of Carrie Stevens’ streamers, the book also includes a collection of ten newly identified fly patterns originated and tied by her. The book is 200 pages and includes over 200 photographs.

The book can be pre-ordered from Amazon for $19.33US which is a huge discount off the 49.95 $MSRP. Make sure this title is on your wish list or treat yourself and get a copy for your library

Herbert L. Welch: Black Ghosts and Art in a Maine Guide's Wilderness
Herbert L. Welch: Black Ghosts and Art in a Maine Guide’s Wilderness

Liggett Special Bucktail

I first saw this fly pattern years ago while reading an article on GlobalFlyFisher written by Mike Martinek. Mike stated that he preferred to fish the Liggett Special over the Mickey Finn and claimed it as one of his all-time favorite bucktails. The bucktail was named for one Mr. Liggett, a Hathaway Shirt Co foreman.

It is easy to see the resemblance to the famous Mickey Finn bucktail. I like the addition of the white to balance out the fly.

Liggett Special Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Mustad R75-79580 #4-10
Thread: Black 8/0 (70d)
Body: Silver flat tinsel
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Wing: White, red and yellow bucktail
Eye: Painted or jungle cock nails
Head: Black with Bone Dry UV

For more great bucktails check out Barrel full of Bucktails on globalFlyFisher.

Liggett Special Bucktail
Liggett Special Bucktail

Martinek, Warner and Leight Flies on Auction

This is another post for those of you hunting for some new streamers for your collection. We found a few nice specimens from Mike Martinek, Jim Warner, and Larry Leight.

Larry Leight Streamer Flies

Larry Leight West Trout Brook

Larry Leight West Trout Brook

You can check out the rest of the streamers he has on offer here – Larry Leight Streamers

Mike Martinek Streamer Flies

Ebay seller jbearfly2 has a series of Mike Martinek streamers for sale. He also has some other interesting flies for sale for collectors. He is bringing in new items so be sure to check back every few days to see what is on offer.

Mike Martinek Abenaki Chief

Abenaki Chief Streamer fly by Mike Martinek

Mike Martinek Al’s Tiger

Al’s Tiger by Mike Martinek

Jim Warner Streamer Flies

Jim Warner Meredith Special

Jim Warner Meredith Special
Jim Warner Meredith Special

Jim Warner Marabou Black Ghost

Jim Warner Marabou Black Ghost

Happy bidding.


Marabou Smelt (Dick Stewart) Tied by Darren MacEachern

The Marabou Smelt is a fly pattern created by author Dick Stewart. This pattern can be found on page 107 of Trolling Flies for Trout & Salmon authored by Dick Stewart and Bob Leeman.

The Marabou smelt is a baitfish imitation that has been effective for Maine’s landlocked salmon and trout species. Tie this fly pattern in larger sizes (#4 and lager) for the traditional trolling method of fishing and use smaller sizes (#6-10) as casting flies.

Marabou Smelt Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Mustad L87-3665a #2-10 or another streamer hook
Thread: Black FWN (210 denier)
Body: Silver flat tinsel
Thread: Black 6/0 (140 denier)
Wing: White bucktail, white marabou, and light blue marabou
Topping: 4-6 peacock herls
Eyes: Jungle cock nails or painted eyes


Carrie Stevens Gray Ghost, Allcock Hooks and More

It’s been quite a long time since I’ve posted any Ebay auctions on the site, but there are some notable items up for bids this week.

Friend of the site and streamer contributor Ken Craigue Jr. is selling a few of his collectable items including an original Carrie Stevens Gray Ghost (originating from Don Palmer’s collection), Bert Quimby’s Green King, Jim Warner’s Winnepesaukee Smelt, and more.

Mike Martinek Dun Smelt and Purple Perch streamers
Mike Martinek Dun Smelt and Purple Perch streamers

Larry Leight has also been busy continuing his weekly offering of classic and original patterns. This week he has a beautuful collection of Stevens streamers tied perfectly for collectors. Patterns include Water Witch, Mezger’s Special, Pink Beauty, Mickey Doodle, Green Hornet, and Nine-Three Custom.

Water Witch tied by Larry Leight
Water Witch tied by Larry Leight

There are also a few auctions for some antique streamer hooks with some Allcock 1810 hooks. The first auction includes some #2 Allcock 1810 8xl hooks. The perfect Carrie Stevens streamer hook, and some small 3xl Allcock 1810. The second auction includes a box of 6xl #6 Allcock 1810 hooks (125 pieces) and a box of mislabelled hooks. The box is for the coveted 2811 Allcock streamer hooks, but the hooks in the box are an up-eye salmon hook. They may be Allcock, but I can’t be certain. The 125 #6 1810 hooks would be worth the price at around $125-200.

Allcock #2 8xl Streamer Hooks
Allcock #2 8xl Streamer Hooks

Happy bidding!


Ryan Houston tied Carrie Stevens’ Gray Ghost

Tied by: Ryan Houston
Originated by: Carrie Stevens

Hook: #2 8xl Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Steamer
Thread: White
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Body: Orange floss / silk
Ribbing: Fine flat silver tinsel
Belly: 6 strands of peacock herl followed by a small bunch of white bucktail
Throat: Golden pheasant crest (white schlappen)
Underwing: A long golden pheasant crest extending past the hook bend
Wing: 4 grey hackles
Shoulder: Silver pheasant
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black (with red band optional)

Ryan Houston Ryan Houston – I am a Veterinary surgeon working in Co. Fermanagh in Northern Ireland but if I didn’t have to work I would spend all day fishing and tying flies. I grew up fishing the river Lagan and we had an active competetion scene that forced me to become innovative in my fishing and fly tying. I won the ITFFA national rivers championship and represented Ireland at age 20 then 2 years later I repeated that success.
Ryan Houston Fly Tying
[visit Ryan’s streamer page on Streamers 365]


Alaska Mary Ann Bucktail

It is the official fly of the Alaska Flyfishers and has a storied past. I used a few hooks from my Mustad 9575 collection for this video. The hook is a similar style to the Mustad 3665A but has a looped down eye which makes for a nice spot to secure a hair wing.

Mustad 9575 Hook Profile
Mustad 9575 Hook Profile

#98:2013 Alaska Mary Ann tied by Kevin Kirkelie

Alaska Mary Ann bucktail Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Mustad 9575 #2-10
Thread: Black 8/0
Tail: Red hen hackle fibers
Body: White wool or floss
Rib: Flat silver tinsel
Wing: White bucktail
Eyes: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

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