Northwest Fly Tyer

The fly tying pages of Monte Smith

Classic Streamers

Posted by nwflytyer on March 29, 2009

I’ve developed a strong affinity for classic featherwing streamers such as the venerable Gray Ghost, along with many others developed in the Northeast United States in the early part of the 20th century.  The Rangeley region of Maine is rich with tradition for tying and fishing the ‘long fly’ for landlocked salmon and trout.  A little time spent studying the patterns and techniques depicted in Joseph Bates’ epic Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing is definitely worth the effort.  While there are many books worthy of study for the streamer fanatic, I believe Bates is simply the ‘gold standard.’

I’ve posted a couple of my featherwing streamers in the Original Flies section.  These were featured in the book Tying Classic Freshwater Streamers (2004) by David Klausmeyer.

Indian Summer

Santiam Sunrise

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2 Responses to “Classic Streamers”

  1. pacres said

    Wicked looking streamers! The blog is great and I’ve been enjoying the read.

  2. nwflytyer said

    Glad you like it! Thanks for checking in.

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