Hook: Partridge CS15 #2
Thread: 8/0 White (underbody)
Tag: Silver flat braid
Body:Black 6/0 (140d)
Rib: Silver flat Tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Underwing: Peacock herl
Under-shoulder: Teal blue hackle fibers
Throat: Teal blue hackle fibers
Wing: 2 light olive hackles flanked by teal blue hackles
Shoulder: Mallard flank
Eye: Jungle cock dyed yellow
Head: Black w/ red
Davie McPhail – I live in the south west of Scotland where I grew up, the best known rivers in the area are the Stinchar, the Nith, Girvan and the river Doon where I was a ghillie. I didn’t really start fly fishing until I was twenty just after I got married my fly tying started at much the same time. When I was learning to cast I lost many a fly up a tree and broke the hook of the fly on stones on my back cast so learning to tye flies was at first to compensate for this but as I got into the tying and catching fish with the flies that I tied I found it as much fun as fishing . 29 years on I’m just as enthusiastic about tying flies and fly-fishing as I was then.
You can watch Davie tying on his Youtube page.
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The Thunder Creek series of flies was created by fisherman and commercial tyer Keith Fulsher of Eastchester, NY. The fly was developed because he felt the standard minnow tying method of a large thread head with painted eyes didn’t properly represent the naturals. Keith’s reverse tied bucktails added detail and allowed for a variety of patterns to be tied with the method. (books listed below). This pattern, the blueback trout, comes from the expanded book done in collaboration with David Klausmeyer and includes additional patterns for fresh and saltwater.
For hooks, the Partridge CS5 and the Gaelic Supreme Thunder Creek are my two goto hook models. Others that might fit the bill include Mustad 36620, Daiichi 1750, 2370, and TMC 9395. The straight eye hooks can be tough to find.
The head can be weighted with a few wraps of non-lead wire. The finish on the head can be done with UV resin as I have done in the video, but epoxy or several coats of clear lacquer will also work.
Blueback Trout Thunder Creek Fly Pattern
Hook: Partridge CS5 #2-8
Weight: Optional non-lead wire
Thread: White 8/0 (70d)
Flanks: Blue crystal flash & orange bucktail
Belly: White bucktail
Back: Blue & Black bucktail
Throat: Red paint
Eyes: Yellow paint with a dot of black paint
Coating: Solarez thin hard & Bone dry*
*Epoxy or several layers of clear lacquer may also be used
Tying and fishing the Thunder Creek series – Keith Fulsher 1973 https://amzn.to/2DzpAr7
Thunder Creek Flies: Tying and Fishing the Classic Baitfish Imitations – Keith Fulsher and David Klausmeyer 2006 https://amzn.to/2KmA4vc
“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’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
“If people don’t occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you’re doing something wrong.”
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
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
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.
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. http://amzn.to/2CxAXMN
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
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.