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The results of the Jim Warner fly swap are now online over at Global Fly Fisher. Earlier in the year, tyers got together on The Streamer List to homage to a legendary streamer tyer. Jim streamers have been included in many book and publications over the years such as Dick Stewart’s Trolling Flies for Trout & Salmon, Dick Surette’s Trout and Salmon Fly Index, Don Wilson’s Smelt Fly Dressings and Mike Martinek’s Streamer Fly Patterns for Trolling & Casting volume 1 and 2. Ken Craigue, Jr. was the driving force behind the swap, and when everything was complete, he presented a wonderful framed set to Jim. Bob Petti also did a wonderful job photographing the collection and presenting it online.
You can see the entire collection and Ken’s write-up on the GFF site.
A while back, I threw my name into the Carrie’s Challenge part 2 (See part 1 here) and was ready to take on a streamer “sans” vise. Here is the rules of the challenge:
Chris Del Plato (host): You have one shot to tie a Carrie’s Favorite in hand, without a vise – just as Carrie Stevens herself did. You are allowed one try only. One shot, one fly. No practice, No ‘do-overs’, No backtracking. No special tools should be used. Bodkin, Bobbin (for thread only) and scissors are the only tools allowed. Feel free to do without them, if you wish. If you must, a protective cup may be worn.
I really wanted a do-over, but rules are rules. Anyhow, the results have finally been posted for one and all to enjoy, so have at it! All of the participants comments, flies and video is available on the GFF site – Carrie’s Challenge 2
Just 2 week to go now until the start of the Streamers 365 project. Below is a taste of what the year will bring. We have a stellar line-up of tyers with a large portion of never before seen streamer patterns as well as some familiar classic ties. Please be sure to sign-up using the feedburner link to the right to get the daily updates posted to your inbox.
Hook: Partridge CS15
Tail: Long golden pheasant crest
Body: Dark blue floss
Ribbing: Orange floss bordered by silver oval tinsel along each side
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: Orange hackle
Wing: Four blue hackles
Shoulder: Blue peacock breast feather
Cheeks: Grey peacock pheasant
Notes: During the 2006 run for hockey’s Stanley Cup, I was struck with Oilers fever. The team came into the first round of playoff action just barely eking out an 8th place finish in the Western Conference. I spent many late nights cheering the team on, and had been on the edge of my seat for weeks while the games played out. A friend of mine had given me a small amount of Gray Peacock Pheasant, and I immediately though of using it to represent the “Oil Drop” in the Oilers logo. Sadly, the oilers lost in the finals, but their grit and determination was awe inspiring. This is one of my earlier long streamers, and even though I tied this early into my streamer addiction, it is still one of my favorite flies. I hope that you enjoy this “art fly”.
Darren MacEachern – Darren has been fishing from the age of 4 all across Canada. He started on the east coast in Prince edward Island before moving west to the banks of the Bow river in Calgary Alberta. he now resides just outside of Toronto, fishing the Great lakes and the fine tributary waters around. Daily Fly Tyer | Streamers 365 | Fly Fusion
[visit Darren’s streamer page]
Just a quick note to let you know I’ve added a few more hook profiles to the hook reference page. You’ll now find A couple new Sealey streamer hooks included as well as one Giant gold finish unkown. (Possibly Sealey)
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.