Tied by: Eunan Hendron
Originated by: Richard Walker and Peter Thomas
Source: Streamer Source: The Illustrated Dictionary of Trout Flies, John Roberts (1986), Pg. 184
Sweeney Todd Streamer Fly Recipe
Hook: Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron #3
Thread: Black 8/0
Body: Black floss on the rear 2/3 with neon magenta floss on the front 1/3 (sealed with uv resin)
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Throat: Natural red fox
Wing: Black fox hair flanked by thin grizzly hackle
Eye: 3D eye
Head: Black coated with uv resin
Notes: The original Sweeney Todd streamer was tied without eyes or the grizzly hackle in the wing, but the variant is a lively addition to an already convincing minnow imitation. Some versions of the streamer feature an extra long wing, twice the length of the hook. It is because of the bright magenta spot on the hook that the pattern does not suffer from the added length, giving predators a target to smack rather than nip at the tail end. See the video below for Davie McPhail‘s fly tying tutorial of the Sweeney Todd Variant.
Eunan Hendron – I’ve been tying flies since I was about 10 or 11, a direct progression from fishing stillwater team competitions with my father as a young boy. I began tying classic flies (wet, streamer and atlantic salmon) towards the end of 2011, having never tied them before. A pretty steep learning curve, not for the feint of heart, but many thanks are due to the members of various forums who gave me tips and constructive criticism to aid my progression.
Eunan’s Addicted to Vise blog
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