Great looking flies, and I like the idea of using circle hooks. Iím surprised they donít hold up better. In that vein, DiverDan keeps knocking my Marabou streamers, and in fact implying that Iím a liar.
Let's get something straight from my earlier post. First of all, I DID CATCH ABOUT 250 PIKE ON 6 MARABOU STREAMERS IN 4 DAYS! True, I had to retie the flies several times, and eventually cobble some down to make 4 good ones from 6, then 2 from 4, and finally, I was down to 1 good fly when my gear finally arrived. Despite Dan's opinion, a damaged marabou stream will still catch a lot of pike. Yes, the stems can break, but it happens less often then you my think. I carry heavy thread and cement and do repairs while under way to a new spot, tying on a new fly and letting that one harden. But if I've got a splash of red and at least 1 other wing feather, and some Flashabou (which doesn't easily get chewed off), I'll still out-fish most other patterns. Regardless of DiverDan's opinion, my marabou streamers regularly take 20 or more fish before needing major repairs, which as I said, can be done on the spot, while moving from one spot to another, if you wish. I agree with him that Epoxy is better than head cement, but in the field, cement may be all you have. I DO recommend epoxy when giving pattern recipes in the book.
Interestingly, 2 European Pike Flyfishing Blogs have posted excellent reviews on my book, and one concurs with my opinions about Marabou.
And Dan, talk about "creative math?" If the stinger hook is in the corner of the mouth, it was likely the ONLY HOOK with a chance to stick the fish. If a fish totally inhales a fly and is hooked in the corner of the mouth, the first (main) hook would be the one engaged, NOT the stinger.
I'm not interested in a verbal battle with anyone. I've based my opinions and advice on over 20 years of flyfishing for pike and musky, and several tippet-class IGFA records. DiverDan has his own undoubtedly considerable experience. That's why Baskins & Robbins makes 31 flavors. He's entitled to his, and I don't degrade him for it. Too bad he doesn't feel the same way about me. If he only want to use Barry's Pike Flies, it is, in my opinion, his loss. I've tried them and they certainly catch fish, but I've found marabou more effective for me & less tiring to cast all day.
Another fine pattern for me is the Flashabou fly. Itís a simple fly, with a mylar tube body, some red marabou (there I go again), topped by a small bunch of fish hair or Puglisi fibers (white, yellow or chartreuse). Top that with a big bunch of pearl flashabou, as long as possible, and maybe some crystal flash. I like large tungsten barbell eyes, and youíll probably need a weedguard. Iíll try to attach a photo.