|Yes, there's weird shit in there. Never used 'em. A weeks|
worth of snook fishing was done with the simple Clouser.
I know, I know, you look at books that have page after page of really awesome looking flies, but when it comes down to it, sometimes you just make shit needlessly complex for yourself. This is something that I continually rail against, even if I often skip my own advise. Rather than getting lost in the mess, just keep it simple and concentrate on a few simple patterns that work. Simple, effective streamers. Sure, sure, some times you'll want shrimp, crabs, or who the fuck cares what else. That's your problem to figure out. I'm just dealing with simple shit, and all fish eat baitfish.
So, three simple patterns. Beyond that, fuck it, you're just gonna vary size and colour. And weird shit you saw on the Innernets that you really, really want to try. That's cool. What the fuck, we're fly fishers and possibly tiers and dumb shit's what we do, just ask our spouses/children/non-fishing cohorts/stoner-kid-who-witnesses-us-flailing-at-surf-at-3am.
Anyways, three simple patterns, right? Right!
|The Clouser Minnow. Best. Streamer. Evar.|
|The Gartside Gurgler. Simple, cheap, versatile top water.|
Next up, is the Lefty's Deceiver. This is closer, in its way, to a classic feather wing streamer, with multiple pairs of soft, undulating hackle providing the primary body. A collar of bucktail provides more body profile, and can be tied with different colours to suggest or attract attention. A Deciever tied with dumb bell eyes is called a Half-and-Half.
|A bucktail and hackle Lefty's Deceiver, classic proportions.|
Let's start with size, shall we? Fly size and line weights are often correllated, and using Orvis' suggestions, that would be from 1/0 to 10. Feel free to violate this as much as you want, I do. If you're comfortable with something smaller (eh wot?) or larger (more than likely), then so be it. I cast size 4/0 flies on my 8wt constantly, but they're sparse Clousers without giant eyes.
|Another Lefty's Deceiver, way more Peanut Bunker shaped.|
|This Deceiver emulates an eel with its long saddle hackles.|
So, it would seem the bulk of the patterns tend to be something over white, or white base. When I've made deceivers to emulate peanut bunker, I used grizzly and white hackle to help emulate the natural pattern, although all white versions seem to be just as commonly suggested and viable.
Dark, or all black, flies can be used to provide a good silhouette in murky water, or inky night fishing.
|EP fibers. Well, generic EP fibers at least.|
For materials, you probably already have the basics. I've bought all sorts of fancy synthetics, but it seems to consistently come back to bucktail and webby hackle. Add some craft foam from Sprawlmart, some lead eyes, and you'll be set. Oh, and krystal flash.
Doesn't mean you're limited to just these few patterns. Every year I try something different, although I consistently go back to the Clouser. This year I tried buying some new fangled EP Polar SF whatever hair fiber shit to tie up some of those swanky minnows. I didn't really use them but to try them, but I'm amazed at how lifelike they look gliding through the water. Beyond that, I've tied up zonkers and double zonkers, merkin crabs, and even wooly buggers for use. Don't be afraid to experiment.
Part four is next, picking a time and a place to maximize your chances.