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Old 06-27-2013, 10:52 AM
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Default My First Streamer Tie

Until last night I'd never tied a streamer patter. Since I've taken up Striper fishing I figured it was a bout time. So I tied a couple Chart Clousers. With a bit of practice my heads should get better and I should be able to keep the bucktail from rolling around the hook.

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I realize that one of the great things about fly tying is having the freedom to take artistic license with regard to changing patterns and materials used. For instance instead of peacock herl I often use my favorite peacock dubbing material on flies with the same results while fishing.

Nevertheless, is there any practicle reason to not substitute bucktail with something synthetic like Fly Tyers Dungeon "Congo Hair." I ask, because I often find synthetic materials easier to work with and cheaper (I'm a tight wad). However, if for some reason bucktail is geninuely the best to use I'll keep using it.
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Default Re: My First Streamer Tie

I've tied a lot of small Clousers with 'Santa Clause Beard" from a craft store, various squirrel tails and long fur from collars from old coats, dyed ostrich herl works too.

Thing I have noticed about some synthetics is that you sort of loose some of the sleek, tapered shape.

From what I have researched about Clouser's is that the profile/shape is the important aspect and how you get there is secondary. Did read an article once which stated that Bob Clouser tied his all synthetic versions with all of the material below the shank to keep the profile slim.

Thing I have found which makes a clump of bucktail easier to deal with is to apply it to the hook rotated a bit to my side so when the thread starts pulling it up and around the hook, the clumps rotates up to where it belongs. Loose wraps at the rear of the clump and tightening down as you progess toward the eye helps with keeping the bucktail from flairring out too much

Damn nice first bis at a streamer. Will gladly test it out for you if you want to mail it to me.
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Tom: Sweet looking Clouser, that will catch fish regardless of how the head looks. Like you said, the head will get better with practice.
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clouser minnows have been tied with numerous synthetic materials

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Default Re: My First Streamer Tie

One caution here... if the wing/tail materials are long... lots of synthetics are too soft to avoid tangling around the hook. This is one reason tying material lists for Clousers recommend using bucktail or calf tail.
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One caution here... if the wing/tail materials are long... lots of synthetics are too soft to avoid tangling around the hook. This is one reason tying material lists for Clousers recommend using bucktail or calf tail.
Thank you this is good intel!
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