Streamer Gallery B
John Barr's Meat Whistle
Created by John Barr, the Meat Whistle is a fly that has lots of movement in the water. The pattern does a great job of imitating many types of bait in the water, including minnows and leeches. This video features a jig nymph hook, which allows the fly to ride hook point up. Have fun fishing this pattern for trout, stripers, steelhead, and many more!
The Woolly Bugger (Peacock body)
One of Lefty Kreh's most effective flies, this Woolly Bugger is tied with peacock herl for the body instead of chenille. That slight variation makes for an incredible pattern, and one that belongs in everyone's fly box. Fish this pattern with confidence...
Black Ghost Streamer
This classic streamer is a go-to fly for many because of its ability to accurately imitate baitfish. The Black Ghost has been an effective fly for me over the years, especially on stocked trout. There are a few variations, as noted in the video, but I always attempt to maintain the integrity of this fly to ensure future success. PS - This is one of my Great Uncle John's favorite flies!
Chuck Furimsky's Turbo Tail
In this fly tying tutorial, Chuck Furimsky is our guest tyer and shares his Turbo Tail pattern. This unique tie features Chuck's Bugskin material, and there is no doubt that his creativity shows with this one. Chuck does an excellent job tying, plus shares a lot of great stories and thoughts along the way. Additionally featured in this video is some incredible underwater camera footage by Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions.
The Sculpzilla was created by the Solitude Fly Company to represent sculpins, and this patterns has been earning the respect of many as of late. The fly works very well in a variety of conditions, plus it's easy to vary to mimic sculpins, leeches, and other bait fish in your area. If you know of sculpins in your local waters, I recommend having the Sculpzilla in your box!
Woolly Bugger with Crystal Chenille & Conehead
The Crystal Bugger is a FAST fly to tie, and effective on multiple species of fish. The crystal chenille used gives the fly many strands of flash, allowing me to leave out the typically-required hackle. Adding weight to this pattern is something I believe improves its effectiveness, and a variation that I consistently make is the addition of dumbbell eyes.
Black Bunny Leech w/ Fish Skull
Tied with the Fish Skull Baitfish Head, this Black Bunny Leech is suggestive of many food items for fish, including leeches and baitfish. In my boxes, I carry this pattern in a variety of colors, and encourage you to do the same.
Sculpin Bugger (Woolly Bugger on steroids!)
This Sculpin Bugger is a fun pattern to tie and very effective due to its ability to quickly get into the lower third of the water column. Tied with a Sculpin Helmet from the Flymen Fishing Company, this pattern combines weight with flash, plus the other excellent characteristics of a Woolly Bugger.
Simi Seal Leech
Created by John Rohmer, this has become a "go-to" pattern for many fishing stillwater due to its ease of tying and great ability to mimic leeches. The Simi Seal Leech has excellent movement in the water, and will continue to produce in various lakes and ponds everywhere.
Krazy Carper Carp Fly
Featured in this "Two Minute Fly Tying" tutorial is the Krazy Carper from Jamie Kaminski. Though catching the attention of those fly fishing for carp, this pattern is quickly developing into one that's known to be effective with many species. The Krazy Carper is a simple one to tie, and allows for many color combinations and variations with its body material. This is a great fly to fish, with one of the Krazy Carper's most important features being its similarity to the Zonker-style of flies.
Furry Foam Crayfish
Crayfish are an excellent food to imitate, and this one uses "Furry Foam," an easy to obtain material that looks great when wet. Large fish, such as smallmouth bass and brown trout, key on crayfish, especially during the summer. This is a great pattern to try, and I discuss some other colors in the video that I've had success with. Additionally, if you want to reinforce the foam, tie in some copper wire to rib everything with, though this is something I rarely do. Overall, this is an effective pattern that meets that "GISS" qualifier, thus be sure to have confidence fishing this "Furry Foam Crayfish."
Mayer's Mini Leech
There are many leech patterns out there, yet this one may be the fastest I've ever tied; thanks to Landon Mayer for creating this simple yet effective pattern! This pattern is a variation of his original, being that I have modified it slightly for carp...but don't forget that Landon recommends tying this in smaller sizes for trout. More is discussed about the pattern following the tying, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on it as well. This is part of my "Two Minute Tying" series, and it's a great fly that can be tied quickly and easily at the vise.
When it comes to successful patterns, sometimes less is more, and it sure seems that way on the MS Bugger. This is a pattern with few materials, yet has an incredible look both at the vise and in the water. One the water, there are many ways to fish the MS Bugger, and the trout seem to like them all!
Swimming Crane Fly Larva
Guest tyer John Mlakar ties a great pattern known as the Swimming Crane Fly Larva and then shares some of his personal variations (which I highly recommend looking into!). John also gives us some tips to fish this fly, which is a simple and effective one. Have fun with the variations of your own, and let us know how you like this Swimming Crane Fly Larva.