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Old 12-17-2013, 04:52 PM
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Thanks guys think I will have to order some materials, digging through a couple of old driftless area books there was mention of a Black Ghost in size 12 so I need to source some hackle to tie one up.
what DA books are you reading craigthor?
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Old 12-17-2013, 04:55 PM
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Ross Muellers books on fishing in the Driftless, they were printed back in the mid 90s and I've kept them around even though I wasn't fly fishing for 90% of that time. Great books with lots of references and fly choices.
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Ross Muellers books on fishing in the Driftless, they were printed back in the mid 90s and I've kept them around even though I wasn't fly fishing for 90% of that time. Great books with lots of references and fly choices.
thanks ill check that out

thurstons spring creek treasures is also a good read

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though he is pictured fly fishing he seems to spin fish mostly

even still its great local info

also fly fishers guide to iowa and wisconsin by molitov i believe
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Default Re: Starter Streamer Patterns?

Basic rabbit strip flies work well for most any species. They consist of a rabbit strip tail, and a wrapped body of rabbit strip. Most use cross-cut rabbit for the body, but straight cut can be used too. You can add some flash into the tails too if you like, and they can be weighted, either with wrapped wire (lead or non-lead as you like), cone or bead heads, or barbell eyes /bead chain eyes which can cause them to ride inverted like a Clouser Minnow.

Many options for tying them, particularly with all the color options that rabbit strips are available in! Plus, the style of fly works well to imitate many prey species, from baitfishes, to crawfish to leeches.

These are all rather large, but the basics are the same!
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A bit more involved with materials, but not difficult to tie!
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Another simple streamer I like & have used a lot is this one: Clouser Minnow style leech pattern tied with ostrich herl, and a bit of flashabou (copper, bronze, black, or gold). Tie it full, as it slims down a lot.
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slumpbusters and simi seal leaches are both easy to tie.
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I've had some luck in SE MN with standard streamer patterns like Muddlers and of course buggers, but also with smaller Galloup Sx Dungeons - just use size 6 or 8 hooks instead of the standard 2 or 4. I love the articulated streamers!

There was an article in one of the bigger fly fishing or fly tying magazines this spring/summer about "micro streamers" for smaller streams and rivers... unfortunately I can't remember exactly which one - American Angler, Flyfisherman, or Fly Tyer probably...

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Heavy hooks, beads and light tippets are your friends to help get them down, at least in warm water. I'd rather lose a fish due to too light a tippet than not catch one because the fly rode too high. Same with dressing. Sparce sinks better.
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Thanks guys, after checking out the simi seal video I may have to get some of that to make a few things out of as well.
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Thanks guys, after checking out the simi seal video I may have to get some of that to make a few things out of as well.
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One more leech pattern that you can easily tie is the Pine Squirrel bead head.
I tie them from size #12 midge tiemco hooks to #8 orvis streamer hooks, Orvis 1/8" size bead head, and Orvis Gold Tinsel. Just cut 2.5" for the tail and the body, super easy. Very effective for trouts in my clear stillwater mountain lake.

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