#94-2013 – Blue Knight by Jim Bennett
Tied by: Jim Bennett
Originated by: Jim Bennett
Blue Knight Streamer Fly Recipe
Hook: Mustad L-87-3665A #2
Thread: Black 8/0
Tip: Silver braid
Tag: Yellow floss
Tail: Golden pheasant crest
Butt: Ostrich herl
Body: Silver braid
Throat: Blue schlappen fibers
Wing: Turquoise blue squirrel and blue schlappen
Shoulder: Yellow hen saddle and red macaw breast
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Notes: This is a brilliantly azure winged streamer with was highlights. He tied the streamer for fishing in bright conditions or when instincts suggest a gaudy looking attractor. This would also be a beautiful streamer tied up as a feathering streamer.
Jim Bennett – I live in Glasgow Scotland where I was born and grew up.I started fishing in my local canal for perch and roach when I was about 12, forty years ago. I started fly tying at about 14 after I watched a program on TV. I first tied without a vice as I could not afford one. My flies were quite crude to say the least and I can remember the first trout I caught on a small black dry fly. I could not believe it had actually taken my fly. That fish was only about 8 inches, but remains the best fish I have ever caught.
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#93-2013 – Royal Coachman Hairwing by Robert Frandsen
Tied by: Robert Frandsen
Originated by: John Haily
Source: Streamer Fly Tying & Fishing by Joseph D. Bates, Jr, – Pg 329-330
Royal Coachman Hairwing Streamer Recipe
Hook: Mustad 3665A #1
Tag: Gold flat tinsel
Tail: Golden pheasant tippet fibers
Butt: Peacock herl
Body: Tied in 3 sections 1/4 peacock herl, 1/2 red floss, 1/4 peacock herl
Throat: Brown hackle fibers
Wing: White arctic runner
Eyes: Jungle cock nail
Notes: The Royal Coachman streamer is a conversion from the Royal Coachman trout fly. The Royal coachman was itself a variation of the Coachman fly. It was Mr. John Haily who made the modifications to the Coachman for a client. He added the band of red (silk) floss to prevent the peacock herl from unraveling and added barred wood duck for the tail. The pattern has been around for quite some time and so has spawned numerous variations including shammy cloth tails or red hackle tails. Depending on the locality where the streamer is fished may also affect how the fly is tied. Royal Coachmen tied for western waters may have shorter hooks, tapered bodies and longer wings for example.
Bob (Robert) Frandsen – I started fishing at a pretty early age going as a hanger on with my grandfather in my pre- school years.
I began tying flies at 13 under the guidance of Lance Wedlick who was well known in Australia more as writer.
“The Blacker Compendium” | Robert’s site
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#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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