Jack Gartside Darkside

Jack Gartside's Darkside tied by Darren MacEachern

Jack Gartside’s Darkside tied by Darren MacEachern

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley streamer hook 8xl, #2
Thread: Black, 6/0
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Body: Red floss
Ribbing: Silver flat tinsel
Underwing: Five strands of peacock herl white bucktail
Wing: Matched furnace saddle or neck feathers
Cheek: Reddish-brown church window feathers
Eyes: Jungle cock

Notes: I’ve been tying this pattern for a few years now ever since I had discovered the late Jack Gartside’s ringneck pheasant page. The page itself is a wonderful article dedicated to the use of the many feathers you can find on a ringneck pheasant pelt. The Darkside calls for furnace hackle, and while I did have a few pathetic hackles in my inventory, none were worthy of being lashed to a long hook. I took to Ebay to search and found a couple wonderfully patterned Whiting American furnace hackle pelts being sold by fellow streamer addict Ron McKusick (silvermag). These pelts are sort of a two in one with the lower sections full of black hackle and the top consisting of the furnace feathers. The stems are a nice thickness and thinner than most of my other American capes.

I’ve tied the streamer following my convention of streamers, meaning the underwing is tied on top of the hook. So because the peacock and bucktail is labeled as the underwing, I’ve tied it in that position. In my earlier ties of the Darkside, I placed the peacock and bucktail under the hook in what I consider the belly position. I did this mainly because of how the original image looks, with what seems like a clear belly. The original recipe and image are posted below for comparison. Either way, it is a stunning pattern, and I can’t wait to get a few more twisted up.

Original recipe via jackgartside.com

Darkside by Jack Gartside

Darkside by Jack Gartside

Hook: Mustad 9575, 3665A or any 2x or 3x streamer hook: sizes 1 – 4
Thread: Black, 6/0
Tail: None
Body: Red floss or wool
Ribbing: Fine silver tinsel or mylar
Underwing: Four or five strands of peacock herl, under which is tied a slender bunch of fine white bucktail (both to extend beyond the bend of the hook)
Wing: Matched furnace saddle or neck feathers
Cheek: Reddish-brown church window feathers
Eyes: Jungle cock (optional)

Big Poppey by Bill Chandler

Big Poppey - Bill Chandler

Big Poppey – Bill Chandler

Tied by: Bill Chandler
Originated by: Bill Chandler

Big Poppey Fly Pattern

Hook: Castle Arms Heritage Allcock BG3 #2
Thread: White 8/0
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Body: Green silk
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: Red schlappen
Under-wing: Orange bucktail and black dyed golden pheasant crest
Under-shoulder: Red schlappen
Wing: 4 red hackles
Shoulder: Mikado pheasant
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

Notes: Tied on a vintage modeled BG3 hook, Bill’s Big Poppey is inspired by the Manhattan poppy flower. You can sub silver pheasant crest for the dyed black golden pheasant crest, and a black hen saddle for the shoulder if Mikado pheasant isn’t something you have in your inventory.

Bill ChandlerBill Chandler – I have been tying flies since 1978. I discovered fly fishing and fly tying by watching a Canadian angling show one Saturday morning. Since then I have spent a considerable time of my life learning both the old and new techniques of tying flies. I specialize in tying the Classic styles of flies, such as Catskill Dry Flies, Rangeley style Streamers and Classic and Artistic Salmon Flies.
I am a professional tyer, but not a commercial tyer. I refer to myself as a pattern creator and developer. I am always looking for new materials and techniques to create flies for both fresh and salt water anglers.
[visit Bill’s streamer page on Streamers 365]

Eunan Hendron, Loydd Lutes and Larry Leight Streamers

It’s the last day of 2014 and there are some really cool and unique streamers on auction. We will be posting a few more collections over the next year including streamers from Bill Chandler, Ken Craigue Jr and Steve Cullen. If you are interested in sharing your work on the blog, you can email me at streamers365@gmail.com.

First up for streamers we have a series of fresh long flies from Lloyd Lutes (dropsamcolt) which includes both original patterns and some classics. Patterns include Black & Olive, Yellow & Gold, Governor Barrows, Rogan Royal Grey Ghost, Supervisor and 9-3 Custom #3.

Black & Olive - Lloyd Lutes
Black & Olive

Streamers 365 contributor Larry Leight (lk4leight) has again put up a great series of streamers and collections. Larry’s Sky Blue Pink streamer was included in his 2014 collection on the blog and is one of the streamers available along with a pair of Carrie Stevens’ patterns; Larry and Artula. You can also grab one of the collections of streamers Larry has become known for. The set up for grabs this time are a set of Carrie Stevens patterns and a set of that include patterns from Mike Martinek and Tom Fawcett.

Sky Blue Pink - Larry Leight
Sky Blue Pink

Eunan Henrdon (addicted2vise) has taken up the challenge to tie an authentic Carrie Stevens Gray Ghost streamer by using an antique Alcock 2811 hook, but taking things one step further by tying the fly in hand. Hunan also has a series of married wing streamers including Rainbow Streamer, Trout Fin Streamers and a variation of Davie McPhail’s Jock Scott conversion streamer up on the block.

Gray Ghost - Eunan Hendron
Gray Ghost

Happy bidding and good luck adding a few new pieces to your collection. See you in 2015.

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Streamers 365 Volume 1 Pattern #1-122 By Darren MacEachern

Streamers 365 Volume 1 Pattern #1-122 By Darren MacEachern

Streamers 365 volume 2

Streamers 365 volume 2 patterns #123-244

Streamers 365 Volume 3

Streamers 365 Volume 3

Lloyd Lutes Streamers and WIllis & Sons Hooks

It was a welcome surprise to see a new set of streamers for sale on Ebay from noted Canadian tyer Lloyd Lutes. Not only does he tie a mean streamers, but he is also quite accomplished at tying fully dressed classics, of which there are a couple available to bid on from seller dropsamcolt on Ebay. The streamer offering includes a Silver Doctor, Green Ghost, Jenny Lind, Jenny Lind Custom and a pair of Austie’s Specials. The flies are beautifully tied and come signed with a case and are all available as a buy it now. I can’t imagine they will last long at the prices set. There is also a very rare set of #2 Willis & Sons 10xl streamer hooks. These are some really stunning hooks for tying Carrie Stevens streamers on. Keep an eye on them as they have been known to bid up to $10 per hook.

Lloyd Lutes – Silver Doctor

Lloyd Lutes Silver Doctor

Willis & Sons 10xl #2 streamer hook

Willis & Sons 10xl #2 streamer hook

Happy Bidding!

Streamers on Auction

I’m just back from the 2014 International Fly Tying Symposium in New Jersey with a couple new sets of streamers that will be posted in the upcoming months. It was really a great show for streamers and I had a chance to chat to a few new tyers we hope to see on the site next year.

Now, back to business, there are a ton of collectable streamers on auction this week. The perfect chance to grab a couple to help celebrate the turkey and yam holiday, and stay out of the stampeding herds expected shortly.

First up is a series of streamers from S365 tyer Eunan Hendron which includes many of the Ghost series streamers he had shared with the 2014 part of the project. You can check out the streamers on auction from Eunan’s ebay account addicted2vise.

Eunan Hendron 2014 Streamer Collection

Eunan Hendron 2014 Streamer Collection

A few streamers from Lance Allaire have also been posted.  Lance posts under flash-101 on Ebay and continues to offer a variety of Carrie Stevens patterns and original designs.

Lance Allaire - Pirate (Stevens)

Lance Allaire – Pirate (Stevens)

Stan Williams who sells his flies under swil7029 on Ebay has been quite busy at the vise tying a big selection of Carrie Stevens patterns on some traditional styled Mustad 3907A hooks. He also has a few other NE classics on sale and prides his tying on adhering to traditional methods.

Stan Williams - Golden Witch (Stevens)

Stan Williams – Golden Witch (Stevens)

Larry Leight (lk4leight) has a section of Carrie Stevens patterns and a sweet looking original called Fly Creek.

Larry Leight - Fly Creek

Larry Leight – Fly Creek

Lastly we have fly tyer Sam Kenney who lists his streamers under classicflies45 and has been busy creating some original patterns. His Sunshine Special is the only streamer on auction at the moment, but it is a beautiful one.

Sam Kenney - Sunshine Special

Sam Kenney – Sunshine Special

Happy Bidding!

Donald Bruce Soar – 1963 – 2014

I was shocked and saddened today to learn about our friend Don Soar passing away. Rest well dear friend.

Don Soar - Dedicated angler and fly tyer

Don Soar – Dedicated angler and fly tyer

Don was a huge part of the Streamers 365 project and we will miss miss him dearly. He was truly one of friendliest people behind the vise. Who can forget the epic series of streamers Don developed to honour the NFL. He also developed some other beautiful streamers, his Kokanee Sunrise being one of my favourite. Don Soar passed away suddenly on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the age of 51. He will be missed dearly.

Donald Bruce Soar – October 8th, 1963 – October 18th, 2014

Condolences and remembrances can be left here – Don Soar

Hooks and Streamers

If the Farmer’s Almanac holds any truth, we’re in for a cold winter. Thankfully there have been quite a few nice hooks and flies on Ebay for those of us looking to twist away the dull days of winter.

I’ve been tying on some beautiful Edgar Sealey & Sons hooks for some of my shorter (6xl) streamers. The Edgar Sealey& Sons #1762.B, are a heavy wire 6xl or 7xl hook with a round bend. There are currently a couple sizes available, #1, #2 and #2/0.

Edgar Sealey & Sons 1762B A Hook Profile

Edgar Sealey & Sons 1762B A Hook Profile

There is also a beautiful box of much coveted Mustad 36808 #8 8xl. They feature a slick limerick bend on heavy wire and an 8xl profile with a looped back down eye. The bend back makes a nice platform for hackle stems on featherwing streamers.

Mustad 36808 Hook Profile

Mustad 36808 Hook Profile

A friend of the Streamers365 project, Lance Allaire has posted a great set of Carrie Stevens patterns. Lance posts under flash-101 on Ebay and has been posting some wonderfully built streamers every so often. This offering includes Indian Rock, Davis Special, Kelly’s Killer and Jenny Lind.

Indian Rock (Carrie Stevens) tied by Lance Allaire

Indian Rock (Carrie Stevens) tied by Lance Allaire

Another streamer tyer I’ve had eyes on for the past while is Stan Williams who sells his flies under swil7029 on Ebay. Stan has been on a tear tying up some originals and a box full of Carrie Stevens streamers. You may soon be his streamers at the Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum on sale alongside the Carrie Stevens originals the gift shop has for sale. He has tackled the classic such as the Grey Ghost and the iconic Golden Witch.


Golden Witch (Carrie Stevens) tied by Stan Williams

Lastly we have fly tyer Sam Kenney who has been busy creating some original patterns. He has a slick trio of original patterns on auction this week. He is offering Unmaned patterns, and we are hoping to see more soon.

Unnamed tied by Sam Kenney

Unnamed tied by Sam Kenney

Don’t forget to check out some of the other regular tyers and bookmark their ebay pages. If you didn’t catch the end of the Carrie Stevens originals that were on auction last week, they all ended up selling in the $1400-1500 range. Not bad for a few on feathers and a hook. The rest of the collection also fetched handsome sum and I hope to see more like it down the road. Happy Bidding.

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