Tied by: Bob Petti
Originated by: John Gierach
Source: Trout Bum, John Gierach (1988) pg. 190-191
Hook: Unknown 4xl #6-#12
Body: Pearl mylar tinsel over white floss, lacquered
Throat: Sparse white bucktail just past the hook bend
Wing: Gray squirrel tail and pearl/uv-pearl crystal flash
Topping: Peacock herl
Head: Salmon Egg Red
Eyes: Black on white
Notes: It was only after reading John Gierach’s Trout Bum that I even considered fishing bamboo rods, on tiny mountain streams with simple little buck tails. John started out calling his streamer the Gray Squirrel Streamer on account of the wing material, but eventually someone caught on to his creation and started to refer to it as the Gierach Special. The original pattern calls for a body of pearl flashabou piping would over a weighted body, and the specific salmon egg red head. These little ties are the perfect throw for pools that collect on the trickles of water you can jump across.
Bob Petti – Bob Petti is a fly fisherman and fly tyer from the Catskill Mountain region of New York. Like so many other fly tyers, he started his journey innocently. “All I wanted was the ability to tie the Royal Wulff, Elk Hair Caddis, Adams, and Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear. I didn’t have much money and it wasn’t easy to buy flies at the time. Heck I couldn’t even afford a decent pair of waders back then, so I thought a small investment in tying flies would pay off in the long run.” A couple decades later his one-shoe-box hobby has grown to a full blown identity.
Bob on Global Fly Fisher
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