#66 – Black Eyed Susan (Var.)

#66 Black Eyed Susan (Var) - Mike Boyer
#66 Black Eyed Susan (Var) - Mike Boyer

Tied by: Mike Boyer
Originated by: Mike Martinek
Source: Forgotten Flies – Schmookler & Sils

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer 6xl
Thread: White
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Body: Yellow floss / silk
Rib: Flat silver tinsel
Belly: Green bucktail followed by white and a golden pheasant crest sweeping up
Throat: White hackle fibers followed by yellow
Wing: 4 Yellow hackles
Shoulder: Hooded mergaser flank
Topping: Green dyed golden pheasant crest
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

Notes: Mike’s streamer is based on the dressing Forgotten Flies, but the original pattern published in Martinek’s “Streamer Fly Patterns for Trolling and Casting” lists a slightly different dressing (See Below). As always, Mike tied a wonderfully dressed streamer with precise wraps and a beautiful head. This is a fly that works well on dark days and rough water and has taken fish throughout the state of Maine. If you are having trouble locating hooded mergaser, you could also use American widgeon or a dyed mallard flank.

Black Eyed Susan (Streamer Fly Patterns for Trolling and Casting Volume 1)
Hook: 2-4 8XL
Rib: Oval silver twisted medium
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Belly: A small bunch of orange bucktail as long as hook and a medium bunch of grass bucktail under it
Underwing: 6 peacock herls 1/2″ longer that hook
Wing: 2 pale yellow hackles with a bright (sunflower) yellow hackle over each 2 hackles per side
Shoulder: Chocolate brown mallard flanks
Cheeks: Jungle cock
Throat/Hackle: White schlappen (long) with final beard of orange
Head: Black

Mike Boyer Mike Boyer – I started tying flies for Trout in the early 1960’s. My folks bought me a little boxed fly tying kit from the local sporting goods store that included a Thompson vise, some hackles and various body and winging materials. A couple of my father’s friends taught me how to cast a fly, and the obsession with flies and fly fishing began.
Favorite Flies
[visit Mike’s streamer page on Streamers 365]

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