Black Inspector by Tuomas Iso-Ahola

Black Inspector - Tuomas Iso-Ahola

Black Inspector – Tuomas Iso-Ahola

Tied by: Tuomas Iso-Ahola
Originated by: Tuomas Iso-Ahola

Black Inspector Fly Pattern

Hook: Mustad 3907 A #2
Thread: White 8/0
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Body: White floss
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: Black schlappen
Under-wing: Silver pheasant crest
Wing: 2 yellow hackles flanked by black hackle
Shoulder: Lemon wood duck flank
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: White

Notes: Tuomas approaches his streamer design by examining the patterns of other tyers and how they use color and form to get the desired results. The Black Inspector was developed with trout in mind and was put together specifically to be fished in the waning light of summer evenings. It was after testing several combination that the wood duck flank and the black and yellow wing was decided upon. Welcome to the site Tuomas, and thank you for sharing your talents with us.

Tuomas-Iso-Ahola_head Tuomas Iso-Ahola – I was born in Kalmari (Saarijärvi, Finland) 1983. My fishing history began when I was four years old. My father took me with him to fish with a hook and worm. In 2005 I started to fly fish and was instantly ”hooked”. Fly fishing is my lifestyle and my favorite places to fish are the rivers.
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Olive Wood Duck Darter by Cameron Sangster

Olive Wood Duck Darter - Cameron Sangster

Olive Wood Duck Darter – Cameron Sangster

Tied by: Cameron Sangster
Originated by: Cameron Sangster

Olive Wood Duck Darter Streamer Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Mustad #2 6xl
Thread: Black 8/0
Tail: 2 matching slips of barred wood duck
Body: Gold flat tinsel
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Throat: Red hackle fibers
Wing: Wood duck flank
Collar: Olive hackle
Head: Black

Notes:

Cameron’s Olive Wood Duck Darter streamer follows a tradition of flatwing style streamers. Patterns such as Mike Martinek’s Orange Darter, the Canadian Killer, Branchu and the Wood Special all share the distinctive wood duck flank wing tied in flat and is the source of Cameron’s inspiration for the design. The colors were selected to provide a more imitative color scheme to mimic baitfish found in Ontario’s Georgian Bay waters. His instincts were proven correct with the local smallmouth bass, and no doubt that the streamer would find success in other waters with trout and panfish.

Cameron Sangster Cameron Sangster – I was 9 years old and my grandfather was an avid Atlantic salmon and brook trout fly fisherman. He would take yearly trips to the Gaspe region of Quebec to fish the Matapedia and other rivers. I was introduced to fly fishing by him and my father at a private fishing club they belonged to. One time before one of his salmon trips my grandfather placed some used salmon flies on the table. He asked me to tie them as close as possible to the original. From then on, after taking a few lessons, I have been tying off and on for 35 yrs.
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Hooks and Collectable Streamers

It’s been quite some time since I posted a cache of Ebay finds. This week there are tons of great items to put you bids in on. First up is one of my favourite hooks to tie streamers on, the Mustad 3097 B hook. This lot is for a box of 100 in size 4. The bid starts at $50 for these, but I would expect to see them end up close to $100. I like these hooks because they closely resemble the antique Alcock 1810 hooks that were used by Carrie Stevens for her iconic Rangeley Streamers. The “B” designation means these hooks are built from heavier wire than the “A” hooks, which can be a little bendy for long streamers. With good quality streamer hooks becoming more scarce, this is a great chance to pick up a nice size for presentation flies. But, if you are looking to get your hands on some authentic Allcock hooks, you can check out this listing – Allcock 1810 8xl #6.

mustad 3907 b #4

The hooks are from Streamers 365 tyer Bob Petti, who is known for his laser crisp streamer eyes and meticulous hairwing classics. You’ll also be pleased to know that Bob has put up a selection of other hooks including some Mustad 94720, Mustad 3907 A and Edgar Sealey 1762.B hooks.

Sam Kenney of classicflies45 has a selection of flies and hooks on auction right now. Sam ties some stunning classic patterns, and has on offer his Black Ghost.

Sam Kenney - Black Ghost

One last streamer to note is an original pattern from streamer tyer Alan Emery. His Shipwreck Smelt pattern has a few hours left on auction. It’s a sweet little smelt pattern with lots of layered color and appeal for passing piscivores.

"Shipwreck Smelt" Designed and tied by Alan Emery

Ancient Chattan tied by Larry Leight

Ancient Chattan - Larry Leight

Ancient Chattan – Larry Leight

Tied by: Larry Leight
Originated by: Larry Leight

Ancient Chattan Streamer Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Edgar Sealey & Sons 1762.B #2/0 7xl
Thread: Black 8/0
Body: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: Yellow then lavender then white bucktail (sparse)
Throat: Purple then white hackle fibers
Under-wing: 4 to 6 peacock herls
Wing: Yellow hackle flanked by Silver Dr. blue hackle flanked by Badger dyed red hackle
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

Notes:

Larry has been tying a series of streamers based on tartans. (See Scott Murdock’s Tartan Series also). The colors of the tartan appealed to him and so the fly was conceived. The clan was formed a confederation composed of the several clans. We will be showing more of Larry’s Tartan Series streamers throughout the year.

Larry Leight Larry Leight – When I lived up North in NY State there were many places to test my flies. Now, living here in the coastal south of North Carolina not so much, and I really miss it. At present, my own streamers are works of art, but are made to work.
Classic Streamer Flies | Larry Leight Streamers on Ebay
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Lake Champlain Smelt by Bill Chandler

Bill's Lake Champlain Smelt - Bill Chandler

Bill’s Lake Champlain Smelt – Bill Chandler

Tied by: Bill Chandler
Originated by: Bill Chandler

Lake Champlain Smelt Fly Pattern

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley streamer hook #1 8xl
Thread: White 8/0
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Body: Yellow silk
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: Red schlappen then yellow schlappen
Under-wing: Peacock herl
Under-shoulder: Red schlappen then yellow schlappen
Wing: 2 gray hackles flanked by grizzly hackle dyed light blue
Shoulder: Silver pheasant
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

Notes: This ghostly smelt pattern is one of Bill’s most successful designs. He first started using the streamer in the 1980’s and found it to perform best when the dark clouds gathered and the waves started rocking the gunnels on Lake Champlain.

Bill ChandlerBill Chandler – I have been tying flies since 1978. I discovered fly fishing and fly tying by watching a Canadian angling show one Saturday morning. Since then I have spent a considerable time of my life learning both the old and new techniques of tying flies. I specialize in tying the Classic styles of flies, such as Catskill Dry Flies, Rangeley style Streamers and Classic and Artistic Salmon Flies.
I am a professional tyer, but not a commercial tyer. I refer to myself as a pattern creator and developer. I am always looking for new materials and techniques to create flies for both fresh and salt water anglers.
[visit Bill’s streamer page on Streamers 365]

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