This week for our live feed session I will be tying a fly you haven’t seen me tie yet. Now hold up there before you all go losing your minds on me, I’m just going to let you know I didn’t reinvent the wheel here. Although I do tie some complex flies from time to time, I prefer to tie and fish rather simple patterns when ever I can. Maybe my years guiding cemented this idea, but whatever it was I can lay a bet most of you out there would rather spend less time tying flies and more time fishing. Sound about right?

Well this weeks fly should suit you well if that’s the case, and oh by the way it is a saltwater based pattern, but with a hook change you could easily toss this guy in a freshwater environment. The silly rabbit streamer is nothing more than the title states; another silly (as in easy) version of a rabbit streamer, bonito bunny, zonker, or whatever you want to call it. All I have really done is taken the time to show you a rather quick way to make a relatively foul-proof rabbit streamer using a couple of different materials aside from the obvious rabbit strip. And the beautiful thing about this little guy is you won’t feel so bad if you donate a few to Poseidon or some old rusty shipwreck when you're out there parting the sea on your buddies boat.

So, that being said, join me this Wednesday 11/09/16 at 9:00 PM Eastern time as I tie up a couple of my favorite variations of the Silly Rabbit Streamer. You read that correctly, I said a couple (that means 2 or more if you know me ) Just so you all know, this will be the last Wednesday Live Feed, after this week my good friend Mike Schmidt and I will be alternating Tuesdays from here on out. So tune in, bring your questions and sip your favorite beverage of choice.



Silly Rabbit Streamer Recipe

Hook: Partridge Patriot Stinger size 1,2. or Gamakatsu SC15
Thread: Veevus 140 Powerthread Black
Wing: 1/8” Rabbit Strip
Foulguard: 20 pound mono
Collar: EP Minnow Head Brush
Head: #4 Fishmask with Living Eyes
Flash (optional) Holographic Flashabou, Crystal Flash, Mirage Flashabou. Whatever your heart desires.



Wednesday Night, 10/26/16 at 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time Installment 2 of the live feed tying series will be on another one of my MFC patterns, the Shimmer Stone. Seems that there is more interest in seeing this one tied once again live with the chance to ask questions in real time. I will tie the  golden stone color, but will also discuss some of the other finer things in relation to sizes and colors of the pattern.

As I state in my book, if anyone told me I only had one nymph to fish, it would hands down be a stone fly imitation and this guy is one of my favorites. Spread the word, tell your fishing friends to like the Facebook page and join us as we kick back on hump day and wind up another one of my patterns. If you haven’t already, you can also check out this pattern and many more in my book, Catching Shadows, Tying Flies For the Toughest Fish and Strategies for Fishing Them by Stackpole Books.

So get your vise and materials ready, a beverage of choice and all the questions you might have about this fly pattern and I will see you all Wednesday night. 

Golden Shimmer Stone Recipe:

Hook: Partridge Sproat Nymph G3A/LY or TMC 2312/2302 or Daiichi 1260 size 12-6.

Bead: Copper size to match, Tungsten optional.

Tail/Antenna: Hareline Ginger Life Flex.

Underbody: Lead-free wire .020”-.025” Covered with Yellow Uni-stretch.

Thread: Yellow UTC 140.

Abdomen: Brown Hareline Flashy Back Under Light Golden Stone Hareline D-Rib size Medium. Thorax: Hareline Hare-tron Dubbin Golden Stone.

Legs: March Brown Brahma Hen.

Wingcase: Brown Hareline Flashy Back.




Now that I have settled into my new house and pretty much built out my shop, it's time to get back on track.  What I am here to tell you is I will be hosting live tying feeds on my Facebook page starting this coming Wednesday October 12, 2016 at 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.  You can check those out HERE, and be sure to tell your tying friends to tune in, like the page and share the address.  The beauty of the live feed is you all can ask questions while I tie making it almost as if I was tying with you in your own homes. To kick off the live feed I will be tying the smaller 3.5" articulated headbanger and providing some finer insight into the patterns construction.  If you were not able to see me tie this pattern this past winter, here's your chance.  Unlike the larger version, this particular one is much more feasible for even the casual streamer fisherman but has a couple of tricks in the construction that are paramount to a proportionate fly.  Tune in Wednesday night and check out this proven pattern which is now available through Montana Fly Company.  The color scheme will be a surprise, that's about all I can tell you.


Small Articulated Headbanger Recipe
Rear Hook:  Gamakatsu SP1-3L3H or Partridge Universal predator size 6
Thread:  Veevus 140 power thread olive
Flash:  Magnum holographic Flashabou
Tails:  Marabou
Body: Schlappen & Medium Cactus Chenille
Legs:  Barred Crazy Legs
Wing:  Arctic Fox
Connection:  19 Strand Beadalon and 1 3D Bead
Front Hook:  Gamakatsu B10s or Partridge Attitude size 4/2
Collar:  Marabou and Magnum holographic Flashabou
Body: Schlappen & Medium Cactus Chenille
Legs:  Barred Crazy Legs
Wing:  Arctic Fox
Pecs:  Senyo Laser Dub
Head:  Small Sculpin Helmet



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