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s fontinalis 01-04-2012 09:53 AM

The Official BIG STREAMER thread
After seeing Tyler's flies yesterday I got to thinking that we should maybe have an individual thread for the big streamer tyers out there.

There are a lot of great patterns tied by many big fish junkies. A few that i know of are Mike Schmidt, Rich Strolis, Patrick Robinson, Kelly Galloup and Greg Senyo.
These guys are tying many non traditional patterns and catching lots of big fish with their creations.

Of course there are the very traditional long shank streamers perfected by many including Don Bastian

While most folks might shy away from tying these monstrosities (thats what I first thought of them when i saw them), they are definitely fun to tie as well as look at, and of course fish.

I've tied flies designed by each of the guys mentioned above. I'm sure there are more great fly designers out there that i haven't yet come across.

Let use this thread to pass on info about flies we find and like to tie, tyers we find that produce interesting off beat patterns, and of course the fish we catch with the flies we tie.
Traditional streamer patterns can also be included here. One such interesting project started a couple days ago is STREAMERS365.COM
This project aims to tie and present a new streamer each day for the entire year, tied by many of the best fly tyers around.

Hope you guys will help develop this thread as well as your own skills and maybe it will help spark further interest in the BIG JUNK!

You can see some of my creations in my photo album here

mcnerney 01-04-2012 11:44 AM

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Eunan: So far this winter, I haven't tied any big streamers, I have been concentrating on midges, nymphs and small streamers (for stillwater fishing). To get this started, here is a photo of some Kelly Galloup Circus Peanuts I tied up last year. This year I want to learn to tie up some woolhead sculpins.

s fontinalis 01-04-2012 01:02 PM

Re: The Official BIG STREAMER thread
this fly is on my list - yours look great. I love how the silli legs give streamers movement. Definitely a great fly.

There are so many new products being developed which are great for tying articulated streamers in particular. But not just for articulation, also for imitation of body parts.
One such product I recently came across is called FISH GILLS. They were developed for pike flies, but come in a huge range of colors and a few different sizes. I cant help but think they will look great used in combination with the Flymen Fish Skulls.
I've ordered some up already and i'm just waiting delivery. Expect a few flies with them in the coming weeks.
If anyone is interested, you can find them here. They are sold from an english company
I should add here, the recent swap we had for Big Streamers was fantastic. It was my first ever fly swap and i think i lucked out getting so many great flies.
Another one should be in order again sometime this year!

lancer09 01-04-2012 04:48 PM

Re: The Official BIG STREAMER thread
I like this, when i get back to school ill post some up

grassonfly 01-04-2012 05:20 PM

Re: The Official BIG STREAMER thread
whats your definition of big flies how big?

s fontinalis 01-04-2012 06:14 PM

Re: The Official BIG STREAMER thread

Originally Posted by grassonfly (Post 374078)
whats your definition of big flies how big?

The red rockets and hog snare are over 6 inches

grassonfly 01-04-2012 07:31 PM

Re: The Official BIG STREAMER thread
ooooo ive never tied anything that large but i would love to learn a pattern for huge bass im tieing 4 inch cichlid emulating patterns right now anyways bump this thread

Rip Tide 01-04-2012 07:57 PM

Re: The Official BIG STREAMER thread
Flatwing style flies are my go-to and most of mine are 6-8 inches but I've tied dozens that were both smaller and larger.
Flatwings rely on both what the fish can actully see and what's imagined (like a Clouser minnow) making for a fly that has less material and is therefore easier to cast
This is one of Kenny Abrams "September Nights" and actually has a much
fuller body than most other flatwing patterns due to the "bulk" of the marabou collar

lancer09 01-04-2012 08:00 PM

Re: The Official BIG STREAMER thread
Under most circumstances I would call that a large pattern Gator. big streamers are oftenthought of as more contemporary, funky, and new streamers.

I'm sure some people have tied some large mickey finns or black ghosts, at the same time I have nothign against it but that's not what comes to mind when I think about this thread. Shoot, I'm sure a lot of salmon flies, and spey flies are pretty big and I think they are pretty cool.

I think Eunan is onto sometimng about having this thread, especially regarding tying these flies. It will be nice to have a quality thread archived with a lot of flies on here under this category of fly without having to search six pages into the tying section.

Maybe it's just my opinion but I see nothign against seeing some "smaller" i.e. 2-4 inch streamers on here, especially those that are of a modern origination.

tyler185 01-04-2012 08:37 PM

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I mean a 4 inch streamer is big to me. Even a 3 inch fly is a good size fly for what I fish here. I believe it has to do with where I live however, being in the northeast. Granted, the stuff I am tying is 4 to 5 inches. I honestly wont fish them that much...most likely in the spring and fall. I do it though because they are fun to tie.

Just to clarify....I am talking about trout streamers as I think most people on were too but I wouldnt be against seeing some big bass, pike or musky flies.

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