Black Inspector by Tuomas Iso-Ahola

Black Inspector - Tuomas Iso-Ahola

Black Inspector – Tuomas Iso-Ahola

Tied by: Tuomas Iso-Ahola
Originated by: Tuomas Iso-Ahola

Black Inspector Fly Pattern

Hook: Mustad 3907 A #2
Thread: White 8/0
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Body: White floss
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: Black schlappen
Under-wing: Silver pheasant crest
Wing: 2 yellow hackles flanked by black hackle
Shoulder: Lemon wood duck flank
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: White

Notes: Tuomas approaches his streamer design by examining the patterns of other tyers and how they use color and form to get the desired results. The Black Inspector was developed with trout in mind and was put together specifically to be fished in the waning light of summer evenings. It was after testing several combination that the wood duck flank and the black and yellow wing was decided upon. Welcome to the site Tuomas, and thank you for sharing your talents with us.

Tuomas-Iso-Ahola_head Tuomas Iso-Ahola – I was born in Kalmari (Saarijärvi, Finland) 1983. My fishing history began when I was four years old. My father took me with him to fish with a hook and worm. In 2005 I started to fly fish and was instantly ”hooked”. Fly fishing is my lifestyle and my favorite places to fish are the rivers.
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Olive Wood Duck Darter by Cameron Sangster

Olive Wood Duck Darter - Cameron Sangster

Olive Wood Duck Darter – Cameron Sangster

Tied by: Cameron Sangster
Originated by: Cameron Sangster

Olive Wood Duck Darter Streamer Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Mustad #2 6xl
Thread: Black 8/0
Tail: 2 matching slips of barred wood duck
Body: Gold flat tinsel
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Throat: Red hackle fibers
Wing: Wood duck flank
Collar: Olive hackle
Head: Black


Cameron’s Olive Wood Duck Darter streamer follows a tradition of flatwing style streamers. Patterns such as Mike Martinek’s Orange Darter, the Canadian Killer, Branchu and the Wood Special all share the distinctive wood duck flank wing tied in flat and is the source of Cameron’s inspiration for the design. The colors were selected to provide a more imitative color scheme to mimic baitfish found in Ontario’s Georgian Bay waters. His instincts were proven correct with the local smallmouth bass, and no doubt that the streamer would find success in other waters with trout and panfish.

Cameron Sangster Cameron Sangster – I was 9 years old and my grandfather was an avid Atlantic salmon and brook trout fly fisherman. He would take yearly trips to the Gaspe region of Quebec to fish the Matapedia and other rivers. I was introduced to fly fishing by him and my father at a private fishing club they belonged to. One time before one of his salmon trips my grandfather placed some used salmon flies on the table. He asked me to tie them as close as possible to the original. From then on, after taking a few lessons, I have been tying off and on for 35 yrs.
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Hooks and Collectable Streamers

It’s been quite some time since I posted a cache of Ebay finds. This week there are tons of great items to put you bids in on. First up is one of my favourite hooks to tie streamers on, the Mustad 3097 B hook. This lot is for a box of 100 in size 4. The bid starts at $50 for these, but I would expect to see them end up close to $100. I like these hooks because they closely resemble the antique Alcock 1810 hooks that were used by Carrie Stevens for her iconic Rangeley Streamers. The “B” designation means these hooks are built from heavier wire than the “A” hooks, which can be a little bendy for long streamers. With good quality streamer hooks becoming more scarce, this is a great chance to pick up a nice size for presentation flies. But, if you are looking to get your hands on some authentic Allcock hooks, you can check out this listing – Allcock 1810 8xl #6.

mustad 3907 b #4

The hooks are from Streamers 365 tyer Bob Petti, who is known for his laser crisp streamer eyes and meticulous hairwing classics. You’ll also be pleased to know that Bob has put up a selection of other hooks including some Mustad 94720, Mustad 3907 A and Edgar Sealey 1762.B hooks.

Sam Kenney of classicflies45 has a selection of flies and hooks on auction right now. Sam ties some stunning classic patterns, and has on offer his Black Ghost.

Sam Kenney - Black Ghost

One last streamer to note is an original pattern from streamer tyer Alan Emery. His Shipwreck Smelt pattern has a few hours left on auction. It’s a sweet little smelt pattern with lots of layered color and appeal for passing piscivores.

"Shipwreck Smelt" Designed and tied by Alan Emery

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Ancient Chattan tied by Larry Leight

Ancient Chattan - Larry Leight

Ancient Chattan – Larry Leight

Tied by: Larry Leight
Originated by: Larry Leight

Ancient Chattan Streamer Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Edgar Sealey & Sons 1762.B #2/0 7xl
Thread: Black 8/0
Body: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: Yellow then lavender then white bucktail (sparse)
Throat: Purple then white hackle fibers
Under-wing: 4 to 6 peacock herls
Wing: Yellow hackle flanked by Silver Dr. blue hackle flanked by Badger dyed red hackle
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black


Larry has been tying a series of streamers based on tartans. (See Scott Murdock’s Tartan Series also). The colors of the tartan appealed to him and so the fly was conceived. The clan was formed a confederation composed of the several clans. We will be showing more of Larry’s Tartan Series streamers throughout the year.

Larry Leight Larry Leight – When I lived up North in NY State there were many places to test my flies. Now, living here in the coastal south of North Carolina not so much, and I really miss it. At present, my own streamers are works of art, but are made to work.
Classic Streamer Flies | Larry Leight Streamers on Ebay
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Lake Champlain Smelt by Bill Chandler

Bill's Lake Champlain Smelt - Bill Chandler

Bill’s Lake Champlain Smelt – Bill Chandler

Tied by: Bill Chandler
Originated by: Bill Chandler

Lake Champlain Smelt Fly Pattern

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley streamer hook #1 8xl
Thread: White 8/0
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Body: Yellow silk
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: Red schlappen then yellow schlappen
Under-wing: Peacock herl
Under-shoulder: Red schlappen then yellow schlappen
Wing: 2 gray hackles flanked by grizzly hackle dyed light blue
Shoulder: Silver pheasant
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

Notes: This ghostly smelt pattern is one of Bill’s most successful designs. He first started using the streamer in the 1980’s and found it to perform best when the dark clouds gathered and the waves started rocking the gunnels on Lake Champlain.

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.
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Don Bastian Fly Tying Demo’s Ontario Dates

If you need any more information or registration details on any of the events below, please contact Don via

Thursday March 12th – Grand River Outfitting and Fly Shop – 6 – 9 pm.

It was 20 years ago that Don helped put the Grand River tailwater on the
map with his article in Fly Fisherman Magazine, September of 1995,
“Ontario’s Grand River” and we thought what better way to celebrate than
to have him demonstrate some of his tried and true caddis patterns that
have performed for him over the years.
Bring your vise and tie along with Don or just sit back and take notes as
this is guaranteed to be an informative tutorial that will greatly improve
your success on the Grand River.

This event is limited to 10 students and is available at a rate of $70.00
/ person + Hst.

The class will feature all of Don’s original caddis patterns: The Hatching
Caddis Adult, Hatching Caddis Pupa, Floating Caddis / Mayfly Emerger,
Floating Caddis Pupa, plus two more proven and deadly caddis larva
patterns. These flies, if you have them in your box, will certify your
readiness for most any caddis hatch / situation you encounter. Just have a
range of sizes and colors.

Visit for more information and to register.


Friday March 13 – First Cast Fly Shop – Guelph – 6 -9:30 pm.

“Caddis and Mayfly Patterns”
Primarily Don’s original patterns.

Goose Quill Nymph and Hare E. Rooster.

The Hare E. Rooster is an excellent steelhead fly.

Both are generic mayfly nymph patterns.

Mayfly duns and spinners using a synthetic material for the abdomen.

We will make a Sulfur spinner and a Hendrickson spinner, both Male and
Female Hendrickson duns.

Split Micro-Fibetts Tails in ten seconds.

An extended-body Mayfly dun / spinner in less than 4 minutes.

My Original Caddis Patterns:

Floating Caddis / Mayfly Emerger
Hatching Caddis Pupa
Floating Caddis Pupa
Hatching Caddis Adult

Beyond this, there will be time for questions, requests, and any impromptu

Cost: $79.99



Saturday March 14 – Fly Tying demo for Niagara Region Flytyers – 11 AM to 4 pm.

St. Catherine’s, some tickets are available from the club at $20.00 each.

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James M. Warner January 8, 1928 – February 12, 2015

Jim was a wonderful kind-hearted man with a quick wit and a hearty laugh. He cherished his family and made his living in the heart of the Lakes Region in Wolfeboro, NH. He spent nearly half a century on the waters and shores in and around Lake Winnipesaukee (the “Winni” for those in the know). Jim ran a busy tackle and outdoors shop called the Sportsman’s Center that later became the Lake’s Region Sports Shop. He was successful because he was an avid hunter and fisherman who identified with locals and visitors alike, but most of all because he knew what time it was when it came to being a sportsman. Hands down his greatest strength was as a fisherman – he fly fished, he spin fished, he bait fished, he trolled, and ice fished. Case and point – into his seventies he was making trips with retired Game Warden Roger Whitcomb to Portsmouth, NH to fly fish for stripers.

Ken Craigue Jr. presenting Jim Warner with a framed set of streamers from the Jim Warner Fly Swap

Ken Craigue Jr. presenting Jim Warner with a framed set of streamers from the Jim Warner Fly Swap

I probably met Jim many times before I got to know him since I lived in Tuftonboro not far from his Winter Harbor home. My dad knew him well and that’s probably why he purchased my Christmas present from him in 1972 – a well-stocked fly tying kit. At ten I loved tying flies and when I landed my first trout on a fly in the spring of 1973 I loved it even more. Until I graduated high school in 1980, I went to his shop every chance I got. I know I must have been a pest, but he never once scolded or put me off. To the contrary, he would look at the flies I had tied and offer suggestions or let me watch him tie at his bench in the back of the shop. I would buy his flies and try to make mine look as good as his. I would dissect them, trying to figure out just how materials were attached and then reconstruct them. I will never forget the winter afternoon that he looked at the bunch of flies I brought in and said, “those look good.” By now I would have been about sixteen and I knew that he was telling me that I was competent as a tyer. I still visited the shop and purchased my materials from him, but my tutelage was complete.

Jim Warner's Redfin Shiner and Blue Magic

Jim Warner’s Redfin Shiner and Blue Magic on an old receipt.

I didn’t see Jim for many years after I went into the Marines out high school, and moved away from the Lakes Region. In the late 90’s however, my son was visiting his grandparents and my father introduced him to Jim. As a result I taught my son the craft Jim impressed upon me. It would be years later that I would visit Jim in Melvin Village, NH, not far from where I grew up and fished. It was during these visits that we would talk about his years as a guide on the Big Lake, his years owning and managing a shop for sportsmen, and the thousands of dozens of flies he tied. Mostly we talked about fishing Lake Winnipesaukee and the streamers he created to imitate baitfish native to the area. He considered the Wolfeboro Bay Special and the Winnipesaukee Smelt his crowning achievements although he has over one hundred original patterns to his credit. Aside from feather wings and his interesting, but deadly ten feather “bottle flies” (a local moniker due to keeping them in cigar tubes), these flies made use of marabou which was an emerging trend at the time. Jim was quick to downplay his role as an innovator by stating that often he just played around with adding readily available materials left over from holiday trimmings. I recognized it as pure genius and the work of a master tyer, not to mention that he was still tying flies well into his 80’s.

Jim Warner Smelt and "Winni" streamers

Jim Warner Smelt and “Winni” streamers

Jim freely shared his knowledge which I found rare. Sure he had some “secret fishing holes,” but even those he shared with enough information that one who was familiar with the lake would have little trouble finding. It was during this time that Jim gave me plates as he called them of his patterns which I treasure almost as much as streamers I’ve collected from periods in his career. I also began to ponder just how many lives Jim had touched – how many boys like me became connected to the art and sport of fly tying and fishing simply because Jim Warner took the time to encourage and share. How many sportsmen and women had fishless days erased because they tied on one of his killer patterns.

A few of the different backing cards Jim warner used for his streamers.

A few of the different backing cards Jim warner used for his streamers.

I find it ironic that Jim passed away on February 12th because it brings to mind words cited at A. Lincoln’s passing: “…[N]ow he belongs to the ages.” While Jim would argue that he was not worthy of inclusion with such a figure, I would say that he is because he left a legacy that will endure through the ages. His works are documented in numerous books and publications and will undoubtedly be reproduced in pursuit of freshwater gamefish in the Lake’s Region and beyond. Jim consistently said he tied flies to catch fish. He was not concerned with perfect proportions or tying convention, but simply the fly’s effectiveness where it counts the most, in a fish’s mouth. As you sit at your vise this winter take just a moment to remember Jim Warner, there are not many like him. He was a humble, gentle giant of a man and master tyer who was always glad to share himself with others. He certainly had a life worth living that he spent sharing and freely giving his time and expertise to anglers worldwide. You will be missed Jim and most fondly remembered.

Jim Warner and a prized blue

Jim Warner and a prized blue – Photo Phillip L. Butterfield

Ken Craigue, Jr – Ken grew up near the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Melvin Village, NH. As a young boy he fished the big lake and the lakes region. At ten years old, in 1972, Ken discovered fly tying and was immediately hooked.
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Jim Warner – A New England Classic – Mike Martinek
Jim Warner’s Streamers 365 flies
Jim Warner Streamer Fly Swap – Kenneth Craigue Jr.
Trolling For Fish In New Hampshire With Master Angler, Jim Warner – Dr. Harold Lyon

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Lew Oatman, Carrie Stevens and Jack Gartside on Ebay

It’s been some time since I’ve posted any Ebay items, but there is a nice range of items coming up recently.

First up is a rare Lew Oatman streamer. It is a Bill Edson pattern, the Edson Dark Tiger, one of the most famous of the bucktail streamers. The fly is carded and the glassine is intact.
Lew Oatman – Edson Light Tiger

Another great item is this hard to find Jack Gartside “The Soft Hackle Streamer” booklet and a soft hackle leech.
Jack Gartside – The Soft Hackle Streamer

Jack Gartside - The Soft Hackle Streamer

Jack Gartside – The Soft Hackle Streamer

We’ve seen a number of Bob Bibeau’s streamers tied up by Steve Labrecque for the 2013 project, but it is quite rare to see one come onto the auction block. We are lucky to see his pattern “Rain” on the card for sale.

Bob Bibeau – Rain

Bob Bibeau - Rain

Bob Bibeau – Rain

The Carrie Stevens Day booklets come up for auction on occasion, but they are becoming more and more rare. They are a nice piece of memorabilia to have included in a collection of streamers.
Carrie Stevens Day Booklet

Lastly i found an interesting old Mustad hook. It is in the family of the 1/2 inch longer hook shanks (3665a and 9575), but this is a barbless model I have not seen in the past. It still features a limerick bend, but would give any streamer a unique look.

Mustad 36675 Hooks

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