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


Tying Alberta Al’s The Canada Streamer

The Canada streamer is another pattern from streamer tyer Alan “Alberta Al” Grombacher. The Canada is Alan’s ode to the famous red and white daredevil spoon. It is also a fly tied to honour his adopted Country, Canada, which he loves dearly. The fly is a great streamer for mountain lakes and can be used as a casting streamer when tied on smaller sizes and as a trolling streamer in larger sizes.

#183 of the Streamers 365 project

The Canada Streamer Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: #6 Mustad 36808
Thread: White 210 d FWN
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Body: Red floss/silk
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
Belly: Red bucktail
Throat: Red schlappen
Underwing: Peacock herl
Wing: 2 white hackles flanked by red hackles
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Red 6/0


Tying Alan Grombacher’s Maligne Special

The Maligne Laker’s red and olive wing is an absolute slammer for fishing mountain brook and rainbow trout. Alan “Alberta Al” Grombacher designed the fly for the hard hitting trout of Maligne Lake. Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada is home to Maligne Lake. The lake has the distinction of producing book trout in excess of 10lb and rainbows over 20lb.

#276 of the Streamers 365 project

Maligne Laker Streamer Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Mustad L87-3665a
Thread: Black 6/0
Body: Silver flat tinsel
Ribbing: Silver oval tinsel
Belly: Red bucktail
Throat: Red hackle fibers
Underwing: Peacock herl
Wing: 2 olive hackles flanked by grizzly dyed red
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

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