Tied by: Marcelo Morales
Originated by: Samuel R. Slaymaker II
Source: Streamer Fly Fishing in Fresh and Salt Water, Bates (1966) Pg. 183-184, 297-298
Hook: Partridge CS17 #4
Thread: White 8/0
Tail: Bright green bucktail
Body: Pinkish white dubbing
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Throat: Pink bucktail tied short
Wing: White bucktail under pink bucktail (slightly blended) under green bucktail under badger hair.
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Notes: The Little Rainbow Trout streamer is one third of a trio of trout fry patterns created by Samuel Slaymaker. The Little Brown Trout Bucktail and Little Brook Trout Bucktail patterns round out the series. The streamers were tied in a wide range of sizes from large #2 right down to “streamerette” sized 12’s. The fly has a long record of taking fish wherever trout fry can be found. Like Lew Oatman and Preston Jennings, Mr. Slaymaker studied the natural fry in order to create a natural looking imitation. The hairs that make up the wing should be lightly blended with the colours above and below.
Marcelo Morales – I began fly fishing in the early seventies. Jorge Donovan and Bebe Anchorena were my mentors, they were fantastic casters and know the rivers intimately. Both were very good friends of Joe Brooks and it was from him that they learnt the way of the big streamers and monster browns. Just to make my life easier, I build bamboo rods and fish them a lot along my country. My mother paints watercolors, and my father painted with oils when he was young so I think fly fishing in my case is another form of art and I try to feel like an artist creating something unique every time I tie a fly, build a rod or fish.
Buenos Aires Anglers
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