Hook: Partridge CS15 #2
Thread: Black 6/0
Tag: Silver flat braid
Body: Mixed earth tone wool (brown, cream, tan)
Rib: Silver flat braid
Belly: Dyed yellow bucktail, use the dark side of the tail to get the brown yellow mix followed by golden pheasant crest
Wing: 2 sunburst yellow hackles flanked by Chinese cock ginger or Cree hackle
Collar: Black hackle
Cheek: Dyed sunburst golden pheasant rump feather
Topping: Peacock herl
Eye: Jungle cock dyed yellow
Head: Silver flat tinsel and black
Notes: The Lioness Streamer is half of a pair of streamer Davie tied for the project. The pattern is full of rich earthy yellows and browns that melt into one another. The key to this being the sunburst dyed feathers Davie is so fond of. Davie prefers to dye over natural colored capes such as Cree, ginger and dun to create depth in the color palate of the streamer. It was Davie’s better half who suggested the names for the pair of streamers. Davie’s Lion will be featured sometime in December.
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 tyed 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.
[visit Davie’s streamer page]