In search of the ultimate hackle……aren’t we all! Selecting hackle for streamers can be a real challenge for tiers not familiar with tying them. There ARE some tricks to it AND some others that I have learned the HARD WAY that I’d love to share. From being selective at the store to the actual “wing-set”, I’ve discovered a few things along the way that can make all of it alot easier. I’ll post a few helpful tips here but for a close up and thorough presentation come to a class geared specifically toward tying Rangeley Style Streamers………hold that thought……
This is an original streamer pattern named after the Little River in Lisbon Falls, Maine. At one point in time the area was divided and that portion was called the Little River Plantation. The Little River bordered the neighboring town. Nice little spot for small mouth and browns. (Of course, my best friend and I went swimming there on numerous occasions ignoring Mom’s warnings and threats!)
This streamer was originally tied without jungle cock cheeks and the hackle is a beautiful black with a dark irridescent green. The shoulder of yellow grizzly substituted for the barring on the jungle cock, presenting a nice contrast, making the fly effective without it. This particular hackle is difficult to obtain. I’ll introduce a substitute in the pattern recipe for anyone who wants to give it a try.
Hook- Mustad 3665A size 6-1/0
Tag- Flat gold tinsel
Tail- Peacock sword
Body- Peacock herl
Belly- Yellow bucktail extending just beyond the bend of the hook
Hackle- White schlappen tied in as a throat
Underwing- White bucktail extending to the end of the tail
Wing- 2 Gray saddles over which are 2 irridescent black saddles
Opt: Wing- 2 Gray saddles over which are 2 black over which are 2 dark green saddles
Shoulder- Yellow grizzly hen tips
Opt: Cheek- Jungle Cock
Note: If you look closely at the belly you’ll see the uneven ends on the bucktail. This is intentional. Because the bucktail is very wiley I’ve left it “unstacked”. It makes for a more tapered presentation when wet. On presentation flies I stack it, but for fishing……UH, UH.
I will be presenting several of my custom streamers at the LLBean Spring Fishing Expo this year! I’m excited to be included in their 100th Anniversary Celebration and I’m REALLY looking forward to spending the weekend with friends and my buds from the Hunt and Fish Lodge.
Some of you might know that I got my start in tying at the LLBean Friday night clinics. The people that work at Beans are a very talented crew even though most of them are pretty humble about it. They have given me endless amounts of support and encouragement, and for that I’ll always be grateful. They have classes that start every January, taught by the folks that work there. Any Friday night you can just show up with your vise and join in. Classes are at 7PM and a schedule is available upstairs in the fishing dept. Maybe I should tell the vise story at some point…….
All that being said….it will be so cool to be there exhibiting and wrapping with my homies! For anyone who hasn’t seen my magical “wing-set”, feel free to ask at the show. I’d love to pass on my tricks and tips. Some of you have seen my “ghost”…….yes, I learned to tie THAT one there!