Hello December and let the countdown begin. Just 31 days until we start blasting out the streamers! To date, I have over 200 streamers in, and am just waiting for a few more sets to trickle in. There is an amazing amount of original designs to be included in the project, many never seen before. I’ve also just finished editing a neat article by Don Ordes. He has designed a system that can be used to aid the creative tyer, or the production tyer alike. Check out the “Wing Things” system.
Wing Things By Don Ordes
Streamer Wing & Cheek Pairing System
Sometimes good things don’t have to cost a lot of money, and this is one of them. I enjoy tying streamers, but they are only one of dozens of types of flies that I tie, so sometimes there is a lot of time between tying them. Because of this, I not only needed a system where I could design my streamer matched wings, cheeks, and other materials, but I needed to be able to store it at the point I left off and be able to pick it up there when I started again. It had to be organized yet flexible, and easy to maintain and expand without much expense. So step by step I came up with this system.
I was finally able to make it down to the International Fly Tying Symposium to take in everything fly tying. My focus was mainly to check out all things streamer, but I managed to sneek in a little bit more as well. I took a few pictures to share, you can check out the set here.
Here are a few images from the weekend.
It was a bit of a drive from Ontario, but well worth the trip. I had a chance to meet quite a number of tyers that I have met online over the last few years, and even a few of the tyers taking part in the streamer project. I was only able to stay for the Saturday show, and that was hardly enough time. I could have spent another day just getting around to see all the tyers present. Thanks to everyone who made it an enjoyable weekend.
Jim has been creating any tying flies for over 60 years. Over the years he has created some excellent streamers and has kept many of these carded for reference by the tying bench. Jim is now selling off many of his original streamers through his eBay site and in the hopes that they find a good home. Jim Warner on EBay
On a personal note, I’ve only known Jim for a couple years, but he has been quite generous with his advise and time. We will be featuring about 20 streamers tied by Jim on the project and several of his original patterns.
Mike Martinek – April Snow Rangeley Streamer
I already have a couple of big Mike’s streamers in my collection, but here is one I have never actually seen up close. It may be November snow starting around the continent, but the April Snow will be a nice distraction over the winter. The pattern uses a lavender guinea fowl feather that a few tyers love to incorporate into their patterns. If you can find a full skin, be sure to snap it up, and share a few feathers with your streamer brethren. this one comes from Paul Schmookler’s collection, and there are also quite a number of other collectible flies on his doubleleopard account.
Carrie Stevens Grey Ghost
For all you collectors, here is a rare chance to own one of Carrie’s Grey Ghost streamers. It if authenticated by Paul Schmookler and includes a certificate as well. bidding starts at $350 and there is a Buy it Now price of 500.
Wow, just under 2 months to go now until we start unveiling the streamers. I recieved some excellent sets of streamers so far and I have close to 200 ready to be photographed and written up. Here is a shot of the photo station.
Be sure to get on the mailing list (to the right) to get all the updates and notices when we do finally launch on January 1st.
Also, don’t forget about the Tony Smith bucktails we are giving away. Just make a donation of $1 or more to the Streamers 365 fund and your name will be entered in the draw to take place on October 31.
Just updated the hook section with a few more profiles. Bergman sproat loop eye, Mustad 3907A and Sealey 1762B are now all available. For a closer look at any of the hooks, just click the image for the 1600x1200px image.
I’ve just updated the hook reference page with 2 more profiles. The first is the Mustad 79666, a keel hook that is wonderful for tying double minnow patterns, and the second is the Edgar Sealey and Sons 1797B, a nice limerick bend hook with ideal length for classic Rangeley streamers.