Tied by: Robert Frandsen
Originated by: Dr. Edgar A. Burke
Source: Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing; Bates (Pg 268-269)
Hook: Mustad 3665 A #2
Head: Black 8/0
Tail: Between ten and twenty peacock sword fibers, depending on size of hook. The tail is long and very bunchy
Body: Silver flat tinsel
Ribbing: Silver oval tinsel
Throat: A bunch of guinea hen hackle fibers, rather thick and long
Wing: White Arctic runner
Eye: Jungle cock
Notes: The Family Secret has an interesting genesis as far as streamers go. For more on the history of the pattern you can see the Family Secret feather-wing streamer (#14). Robert used Arctic runner hair a.k.a. polar pony a.k.a. Icelandic horse for the wing in his version. The hair itself is similar to a high quality Arctic fox hair, with a wavy base and straight tips. The hair isn’t quite as translucent as you would expect to have with polar bear, but dying the hair tends to reveal it’s translucent properties.
Bob (Robert) Frandsen – I started fishing at a pretty early age going as a hanger on with my grandfather in my pre- school years.
I began tying flies at 13 under the guidance of Lance Wedlick who was well known in Australia more as writer.
“The Blacker Compendium” | Robert’s site
[visit Bob’s streamer page on Streamers 365]