Streamer Gallery A
Schlappen Woolly Bugger
Substituting schlappen for the traditional saddle hackle used on a woolly bugger, you can see the truly buggy look that is gained with its addition. This schlappen, from Clearwater Hackle, is a great material that I turn to more often than not when tying, plus its movement in the water really helps this Schlappen Woolly Bugger into an even more effective pattern.
Clouser Deep Minnow
Bob Clouser's famous fly needs no introduction. This is a pattern that has caught an incredible amount of species in so many water types, as eveidenced by the amount of time Lefty Kreh discusses it in his writings and presentations. Feel free to vary the color and weight, though no matter what, have some of these in your boxes at all time! The Clouser Deep Minnow is a fly that always produces...
Intruder Steelhead Fly
Joe Kayafas shared this Intruder pattern with us on my YouTube page, and though I can't say it's entirely a streamer, I know many would place it into that category. Joe does a great job explaining all of the stages of this fly's creation, and there are many tips and techniques given throughout the tutorial. This is an excellent steelhead pattern, especially for those who enjoy swinging flies.
Zuddler Conehead Minnow
This popular streamer is part Zonker and part Muddler, taking valuable characteristics of both flies and putting them together in one pattern. The Zuddler Conehead Minnow has great movement in the water, plus its color can be varied to match baitfish in your local waters.
"Medusa's" Halloween Streamer
Simply a fun pattern that I put together around Halloween one year, this fly really does catch fish! Part Slumpbuster, part Meat Whistle, part Zonker...how can you go wrong? Enjoy this tutorial, and remember that we must have fun when tying, as I did with "Medusa's" Halloween Streamer!
With so many Woolly Bugger variations out there, I figured that there might as well be one for the Pittsburgh Steelers! This fly was created during football season one year as part of a thread on the Fly Tying Forum, and as you can probably guess, I've received many reports from people saying that this pattern has done really well on a variety of fish. Sometimes it is best to let your creativity guide you when tying, which is what I did when working on this "Steeler Bugger."
This effective crayfish pattern utilizes the CrawBody forms from the Flymen Fishing Company. They are an easy material to use, and provide for an effective fly when wet. I prefer to fish this in the lower third of the water column, and it always seems to perform when fishing for smallmouth or trout in waters that are known for their crayfish population.
Chili Pepper (aka Woolly Bugger)
My friend Tony Spezio shared his Woolly Bugger modification with me, and upon tying it for YouTube, I received lots of emails from fly fishermen reporting its success. The Chili Pepper fly has a copper chenille body, which definitely drives some fish crazy. Be sure to have these in your streamer box when on both streams and stillwater.
Black Woolly Bugger (w/ variations)
Nearly every beginner when learning to tie today is typically started with the Woolly Bugger, and with good reason: They catch fish! In this tutorial, I go over the basic procedure, but also offer a few variations to make your fly different from the others being fished today.