Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bucktail Streamers - A Pictorial












Reference: Forgotten Flies by Schmookler & Sils

Hornberg 88 (with Mallard)

The other day I received some mallard feathers from a member on a bulletin board that I frequent and one of the stipulations was to use it in a fly and post it to the bulletin board thread. After searching the world wide web for a  pattern that uses mallard, I settled on the Hornberg 88. The pattern on the world wide web called for wood duck, but like most fly tyers I opted to substitute the wood duck with the mallard. Since most hornbergs are tied with mallard, no harm - no foul. The result is as follows:

Hornberg 88 (with Mallard)



Hook: Mustad R74-9762
Thread: white for under floss body, brown for the head
Body: red and green floss
Under wing: natural brown bucktail
Wing:  mallard
Cheeks: jungle cock (optional)

Reference: https://web.archive.org/web/20060512124618/http://www.invictaflies.us/Streamers/Hornberg%2088.htm

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fore and Aft Style Flies

The Fore and Aft fly is a fly with two sections of hackle, one at the shoulder and one at the tip of the body. It is also a high riding fly, but has a tendency to roll around on the surface, placing the hook in various positions.




Here are a few patterns that fit that style of fly and catch fish


Hook: Your Favorite Brand & Size
Tail: Red Hackle Fibers
Rear Hackle: Grizzly over Silver Tinsel
Body: Peacock Herl
Front Hackle: Brown over Gold Tinsel

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Hook: Your Favorite Brand & Size
TIP: Silver Tinsel
Tail: Grizzly Hackle Fibers
Rear Hackle: Grizzly
Body: Peacock Herl
Front Hackle: Grizzly

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Hook: Your Favorite Brand & Size
Tail: Golden Pheasant Tippets
Rear Hackle: Grizzly
Body: Fluorescent Orange Thread/Floss
Front Hackle: Grizzly

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Hook: Your Favorite Brand & Size
Rear Hackle: Badger
Body: Peacock Herl
Front Hackle: Badger

This is a spectacularly useful fishing fly which imitates nothing in particular but imitates much. It is used mainly on rivers but has its uses on still waters also. It is particularly good where hatches of Chironimid.


Hook: Your Favorite Brand & Size
Tip: Gold Tinsel
Rear Hackle: Brown
Body: Peacock Herl
Front Hackle: White or Cream

When it comes to the Renegade, I am not even going to try and dissect the origin of this fly. Take a look at the link provided below and it should give you some good information on its origin and some of the variation.

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