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Old 10-30-2012, 09:38 PM
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Understood Eunan, I'm quite sure there are variants of anything ever tied to a hook that remain unknown to the fishing public at large. In the years past I believe I tied almost all of the Stevens patterns, but I'm sure I missed some along the way.
I also believe I've caught fish on all of them. Below is a char hooked on a Colonel Bates.

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For those that have the opportunity, next time you're in the Rangeley area try to visit the Rangeley and Oquossoc Outdoor Heritage Museum.
They've only been open a couple of years, but it's well worth a visit
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And to get back to Dan's tangent (which is worth the look for the entertainment value), it's gotta be Marilyn Monroe from the Seven Year Itch (though I'm likely too young to know that...). Aaaaaand returning to topic, I think I'm now going to fish some classic streamers alongside my big uglies just for the heck of it this year.
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A beautiful fly...that catches fishwhat else?
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And to get back to Dan's tangent (which is worth the look for the entertainment value), it's gotta be Marilyn Monroe from the Seven Year Itch .
Bingo! You have to wonder where he came up with that idea for a photo for legging materials.
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Nice streamer, you did a really good job
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I think I'm now going to fish some classic streamers alongside my big uglies just for the heck of it this year.
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I have been making feather wing streamers and fishing with them since the 1970's and can tell you; anything that swims (game fish) will take the flies. The most important factor when using them is to be mindful that the wings do not become wrapped through the bend of the hook while in use. This results in the fly traveling through the water with a cork screwing effect. I have never seen a trout or salmon take the fly when it is behaving as I describe. A quick look now and then if you are not getting hits will answer whether it is fouled or not. If the problem persists due to too much false casting (I attribute the problem to this) then make the wings shorter; just to the bend of the hook. I don't notice any lack of fish appeal when using shorter hackles on the wings.
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Default Re: Perhaps The Most Well Known Streamer of All Time;

Great point by Ard.

Shorter wings are essential on casting flies to prevent fouling at the bend.
I believe the longer hackled flies were mostly for trolling, though that doesn't prevent them from corkscrewing.
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Nice tie Ard, I wouldn’t throw that one in the scrap pile.
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Default Re: Perhaps The Most Well Known Streamer of All Time;

Time to say thanks for all the comments, and a little more on fishing these things.

Thanks Guys

Through the years I found my way to what I call balance when producing a feather wing streamer. By balance I don't mean just in appearance and proportioning of materials but of throat / wing materials. You need enough throat to keep things running even keel and your wings should set right on top and sweep evenly along the side of the body when the fly is swinging along the current.

Production time will be slow if you are going to test them in your rivers and creeks. I learned to place a drop of lacquer cement on each batch of materials as they are secured with a couple wraps of thread. A drop on the buck tail and those wing butts is very important. Few things will disappoint more than finding that your pretty classic has lost all or part of its winging or throat when you put them to work. Of course the absolute worst is to loose one of those eyes If you take your time and lacquer each step and then are careful about not losing them to the bottom these flies can catch fish for you for years to come. I have flies in my little streamer wallet that have seen use (on and off of course) for over 20 years. The biggest threat to your classic style streamer is the teeth in the mouths of wild trout. Because of those sharp and often quite long teeth you may want to find a source of metallic tinsels for ribbing the bodies. While the mylar tinsels are plentiful and easy to work with they are often the first thing to go on a fly after a couple fish.
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