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ChrisinselwynNZ 04-01-2010 11:21 PM

Classic New Zealand Streamers
I was reading one of my pattern books and come across an old streamer and in the story that went with it there was a refrence to a handfull of older patterns in another book I had so Ill work my way through them and post them as I tie them:) as these old patterns can be quite fun too tie. Its a pitty that some of these patterns have no story with them Ill post the story with the pattern.

I think some of them would look better with jungle cock but it wasnt in the pattern so Ill leave it out.

Potts Pet:

Hook- 2-6
Tag- orange
Tail- gold pheasant tippets
Body- yellow wool
Wing- bronze peacock herl
cheeks- lesser hen pheasent wing covets
head- black

This pattern was devised by Gwyenne Potts a ranger from the Taupo/Rotorua area and used to be a staple fly of the fishermen from that area roughly 80 years ago.


simmons_j_m 04-01-2010 11:49 PM

Re: Classic New Zealand Streamers
Nice throwback fly Chris :thumbsup: Are you going to get it wet in the future? It'd be cool to hear the story of how you landed a monster fish on a fly that was developed 80 years ago... I'll keep an eye on your posts and thanks for sharing your journey!


ChrisinselwynNZ 04-01-2010 11:56 PM

Re: Classic New Zealand Streamers
Thanks Justin, any fly I tie will see the water at some stage, it could be interesting to try it in the Taupo area if I make it there one day


cicvara 04-02-2010 12:45 AM

Re: Classic New Zealand Streamers
great Chris, I will certainly try to do something like this.

ChrisinselwynNZ 04-02-2010 03:17 AM

Re: Classic New Zealand Streamers
Thanks Cicvara

It would be nice too know how it fishes for you over there


Pocono 04-02-2010 05:46 AM

Re: Classic New Zealand Streamers
That's a nice fly, Chris. The older patterns are always interesting to me.

I like the way that the hen pheasant covert colors work with the yellow yarn body and it looks like there's enough herl on that fly to attract the attention of a whole slew of fish.

I'll bet it would work well in the area that it was originally designed to fish. With an 80 year old history, it certainly would be a "new" pattern to the fish that are there now.

Nice job on the head.

Looking forward to seeing the others when you get them tied up.


Kerry Pitt 04-02-2010 08:05 AM

Re: Classic New Zealand Streamers
Good looking fly Chris. It would be pretty cool if you did a series on the old patterns and your experiences fishing them......might bring them back to life again?:)

HuronRiverDan 04-02-2010 09:13 AM

Re: Classic New Zealand Streamers
Great looking fly Chris, looking forward to more old classics...


ChrisinselwynNZ 04-02-2010 09:33 AM

Re: Classic New Zealand Streamers
Thanks Allan and Kerry

It would be great to go to Taupo and Rotorua to fish them, the other style of them are for the area I live in which is for Lake Ellesmere rivers. It would be good to get that in an album to share with others :)

Thanks Dan


jpbfly 04-02-2010 09:53 AM

Re: Classic New Zealand Streamers
Nice streamer Chris...size 2 to 6....a big fly for big fish:rolleyes:

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