Streamers 365 Heads Upstream to Global Fly Fisher

It was way back in 2011 when I made the decision to take on a massive 365 project. The idea is to present one thing every day for an entire year. It could be music, photograph, artwork, recipe, or in my case, to present one streamer fly every day during 2012. I was inspired by artist Jeff Kennedy and his Drawing Flies 365 project he completed in 2011. Being that 2012 was a leap year, the 365 grew to 366. My vision was to showcase a fly with a photograph, the recipe, and some background information about the history or design considerations of the pattern. I soon realized that 366 streamers would be too many flies for me to take on by myself so I reached out to streamer tyers whom I had met over the years. I also approached many I had not had contact with before. I was lucky to find over 50 talented tyers from 8 countries. Anglers from Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and the United States all participated in the 2012 project. I was able to meet many of the tyers in person and it was an amazing project to head up.

The New Global Fly Fisher inspired Streamers 365 logo

The original streamers were auctioned off and we were able to raise some money to fund several donations to fishing organizations. Trout Unlimited, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Project Healing Waters and several other organizations all received donations from the project. I would have loved to keep the entire collection together but I feel putting some funds towards promoting fly fishing and preserving habitat was a noble cause.

We continued the project in 2013 with 100 hairwing flies and in 2014 we added a few collections of flies from several fly tyers. The original Streamers 365 project was also turned into a series of 3 books and a special limited edition of 50 copies which included all 366+ patterns and cover art by Diane Michelin. The project covered original patterns from many of the tyers as well as reproductions of the classics like the Grey Ghost, Cains River Series, and the Silver Darter.

But time marches on and with the project firmly wrapped up, I decided it was time to move ahead. These days I spend most of my time tying flies for my business Piscator Flies and when possible film some fly tying videos for my growing YouTube Channel. There are many costs associated with hosting websites and so I decided the time had come to start shutting the doors as I wasn’t actively creating new articles or videos for Streamers 365. But, there is a ton of content on the site in streamer form that resulted from the project and it would be a shame if it disappeared from the internet.

I felt like I needed to find a new home for the articles and Global Fly Fisher immediately popped into my mind. Martin Joergensen is the angler behind the scenes at GFF and he has been avidly collecting and publishing fly tyer articles since 1994, WOW. He was an early advocate of the project and showed his support of the project with book reviews and an interview on his website. With over 2500 articles on the site, it has become an essential resource for fly tyers. Even when I was building the Streamers 365 project, the Raske’s New England Streamer Page section of GFF was an excellent resource.

I reached out to Martin Joergensen from to see if he would be interested in hosting the archive. To my delight, he agreed to take on the project and to give it a new home. I’m grateful that the Streamers 365 collection will be housed at such an exceptional and trusted resource. Thank you, Martin, I’m happy to have my project cached with such an outstanding collection of fly tying. You can find all of the Streamers365 articles on Global FlyFisher here

I want to thank all of the tyers and artists who took part in the project. It was an honor to get to know you all better and I’m all the richer for it. Thank You!

Tie them long, and keep a hook in your vise! – Darren MacEachern

Streamers 365 on Global Fly Fisher

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Songo Smelt Bucktail Fly Tying Pattern

The Songo Smelt is a sweet little bucktail perfect for casting out in search of cruising landlocked salmon, brook trout and bass. The fly gets its name from the Songo River in Maine, a short river that flows into Sebago Lake. This was the catch location of a record-setting salmon of 22lbs 8oz back in 1907.

There are a couple of variations for the pattern, one being the addition of peacock herl to the top of the wing. The other noted variation being a green (emerald) tinsel body in place of the silver. Of course, you can make some of your own changes to the pattern, adding a different colored body with a contrasting rib might be just the ticket needed to land the next record in your neck of the woods.

Songo Smelt Bucktail Fly Pattern

Hook: Mustad 3665a or similar 4-6xl
Thread: Black 210 FWN & 70d
Body: Silver flat tinsel
Ribbing: Silver oval tinsel
Wing: White, blue, and chartreuse bucktail
Flash: 1-2 strands pearl crystal flash
Eyes: Jungle fowl nails or painted eyes
Head: Black

Herb Johnson Bucktails

Songo Smelt Bucktail streamer Fly Pattern Recipe

Songo Smelt Bucktail Fly Pattern Recipe

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Golden pinner by Tom Banks

Tom Bank's Golden Pinner Featherwing Streamer Fly pattern

Tom Bank’s Golden Pinner Streamer Fly

Tom is a New England fly tyer and angler who loves to fish the big lakes of Maine and New Hampshire. He’s been tying flies for over 35 years and has found a calling in his streamer designs. The Golden Pinner uses the beautiful and lesser-used jungle fowl spears.

Tom Banks’s Golden Pinner Streamer Fly Pattern
Hook: Partridge CS15
Thread: White 6/0 (underbody) Black 6/0 (head)
Tag: Silver oval tinsel small
Body: Rust Floss (UNI)
Ribbing: Gold oval tinsel medium
Belly: Golden pheasant crest
Throat: Badger hen dyed salmon
Wing: 4 black hackles
Shoulder: Jungle fowl spear
Eye: Jungle fowl nail
Head: Black

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Blue Devil Variant tied by Davie McPhail

Tied by: Davie McPhail
Originated by: Carrie Stevens

Hook: Partridge CS15 #2
Thread: 8/0 White (underbody)
Tag: Silver flat braid
Body:Black 6/0 (140d)
Rib: Silver flat Tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Underwing: Peacock herl
Under-shoulder: Teal blue hackle fibers
Throat: Teal blue hackle fibers
Wing: 2 light olive hackles flanked by teal blue hackles
Shoulder: Mallard flank
Eye: Jungle cock dyed yellow
Head: Black w/ red

Davie McPhailDavie 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 tied 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]

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Blueback trout Thunder Creek Minnow

The Thunder Creek series of flies was created by fisherman and commercial tyer Keith Fulsher of Eastchester, NY. The fly was developed because he felt the standard minnow tying method of a large thread head with painted eyes didn’t properly represent the naturals. Keith’s reverse tied bucktails added detail and allowed for a variety of patterns to be tied with the method. (books listed below). This pattern, the blueback trout, comes from the expanded book done in collaboration with David Klausmeyer and includes additional patterns for fresh and saltwater.

For hooks, the Partridge CS5 and the Gaelic Supreme Thunder Creek are my two goto hook models. Others that might fit the bill include Mustad 36620, Daiichi 1750, 2370, and TMC 9395. The straight eye hooks can be tough to find.

The head can be weighted with a few wraps of non-lead wire. The finish on the head can be done with UV resin as I have done in the video, but epoxy or several coats of clear lacquer will also work.

Blueback Trout Thunder Creek Fly Pattern

Hook: Partridge CS5 #2-8
Weight: Optional non-lead wire
Thread: White 8/0 (70d)
Flanks: Blue crystal flash & orange bucktail
Belly: White bucktail
Back: Blue & Black bucktail
Throat: Red paint
Eyes: Yellow paint with a dot of black paint
Coating: Solarez thin hard & Bone dry*

*Epoxy or several layers of clear lacquer may also be used

Tying and fishing the Thunder Creek series – Keith Fulsher 1973

Thunder Creek Flies: Tying and Fishing the Classic Baitfish Imitations – Keith Fulsher and David Klausmeyer 2006

Blueback Trout Thunder Creek Minnow Fly Pattern

Blueback Trout Thunder Creek Minnow Fly Pattern

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John Gierach’s Little Brown Trout Bucktail

“The solution to any problem — work, love, money, whatever — is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.”
-John Gierach

John Gierach’s Little Brown Trout is a classic for both bass and trout anglers. The bucktail was developed alongside the Gierach Special bucktail. John originally tied this fly pattern with pearl braid and weighted the body with lead wire.

John Gierach’s Little Brown Trout Bucktail Fly Pattern
Hook: Mustad L87-3665Axl #4-#10
Thread: White 6/0
Body: Pearl flat tinsel over white floss
Throat: White bucktail (short belly)
Wing: Orange bucktail, pearl Krystal Flash and fox squirrel tail
Topping: Peacock herl
Eye: Yellow painted eye with a black center
Head: Black

“If people don’t occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you’re doing something wrong.”
-John Gierach

Sources: Trout Bum -John Gierach (affiliate link)
Fly Tyer Magazine Spring 2004 Volume 10 No. 1 pg. 34-39

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Gierach Little Brown Trout Bucktail Fly Pattern

Gierach Little Brown Trout Bucktail Fly Pattern

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Book Alert – Herbert L. Welch: Black Ghosts and Art in a Maine Guide’s Wilderness

The long-awaited book from authors Graydon Hilyard and Leslie Hilyard has been announced and is ready to hit shelves on December 1st, 2018. “Herbert L. Welch: Black Ghosts and Art in a Maine Guide’s Wilderness”, documents the infamous Maine outdoorsman and his many talents. In addition to boeing a talented fly tyer, Herbie is well-known as an artist, sculptor, taxidermist, fishing guide, and accomplished demo caster. Most modern fly tyers and anglers know Herb’s iconic Black Ghost fly. The new book includes 9 streamer fly patterns that Herbie originated or adapted and tied. For streamer aficionados like myself who can’t get enough of Carrie Stevens’ streamers, the book also includes a collection of ten newly identified fly patterns originated and tied by her. The book is 200 pages and includes over 200 photographs.

The book can be pre-ordered from Amazon for $19.33US which is a huge discount off the 49.95 $MSRP. Make sure this title is on your wish list or treat yourself and get a copy for your library

Herbert L. Welch: Black Ghosts and Art in a Maine Guide's Wilderness

Herbert L. Welch: Black Ghosts and Art in a Maine Guide’s Wilderness

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Liggett Special Bucktail

I first saw this fly pattern years ago while reading an article on GlobalFlyFisher written by Mike Martinek. Mike stated that he preferred to fish the Liggett Special over the Mickey Finn and claimed it as one of his all-time favorite bucktails. The bucktail was named for one Mr. Liggett, a Hathaway Shirt Co foreman.

It is easy to see the resemblance to the famous Mickey Finn bucktail. I like the addition of the white to balance out the fly.

Liggett Special Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Mustad R75-79580 #4-10
Thread: Black 8/0 (70d)
Body: Silver flat tinsel
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Wing: White, red and yellow bucktail
Eye: Painted or jungle cock nails
Head: Black with Bone Dry UV

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Liggett Special Bucktail

Liggett Special Bucktail

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