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Old 08-12-2012, 08:34 AM
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Default Siver Darter (epoxy)

Hi All:

I am preparing to tie to patterns which are Epoxy, and need some help.

(A) the Silver Darter Epoxy.


(B) the Rainbow Trout Epoxy

(These may not be the exact pattern titles, but there are so many variants).

What I am trying to run down through searches, without a lot of luck,
is that the Silver Darter is the pattern for a Western (and Rocky Mountain) minnow designated the "Darter". This is a distinct fish from the
Threadfin Shad. Therefore, the popular Shad Variations, such as the
"Epoxy Ambroid Minnow" is only a distant relative to the Darter fish.

What I am saying is that there are Epoxy Minnows, but I am not seeing much information about the Darter Fish itself, which is probably the natural food for many trouts in Montana, Colorado, etc. This Darter is probably the basis for many traditional Western Streamers, but I am not seeing much information which discusses this little fish.

Am I wrong in thinking that this is the baitfish which many Streamer Patters imitate? It is very thin and slender, without the fat profile of a Shad pattern.


So the point is I am going to tie some pattern for this in Epoxy, and hopefully I can find a nice Rainbow Trout Epoxy patter to tie also, and to color well with Markers. I haven't made but a few Epoxy streamers, so I am looking forward to any help you can give about making a nice Rainbow Color scheme?

I really don't know, you know, the sequence of the Rainbow colors for this, and I don't want the streamer to end up looking like some modern art cluster-flob.

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