I tied these two delicate streamers inspired in a imitation of “Puyén chico” (Galaxias maculatus) created by Marcelo Morales.
Marcelo is, from my perspective, the more complete angler in Argentina (as well as known internationally too). He is, in addition, a very gentle, polite and generous person. I learned very very much from him and, off course, i’m very grateful.
The Puyén is a small native patagonian fish and part of the salmonids diet in that region of southern Argentina.
Here in Sierras de Córdoba (central Argentina) we have not Puyén but we have some others small native fishes to imitate and try to fool our local brookies and rainbows.
So I modified only a few materials and specially the size using hooks # 12 which, for me are appropriate in this type of flies for our small streams.
I also avoided the use of eyes in these mini streamers but Marcelo prefers to place them in their bigger imitations.
I hope you like them.
Hook : in this case i used Rise 700 in #12 but you could use the streamer hook of your preference.
Body: natural color fly tying silk
Rib: silver wire
Throat: few fibers from a goose feather in red color (two or three wraps forming a little collar)
Wing: two dun color hackle feathers (dry fly quality) with a short overwing of sword peacock feathers
Hook: idem first model
Body: dark green fly tying silk
Rib: idem first model
Throat: idem first model
Wing: two dark olive grizzly hackle feathers (dry fly quality) with a short overwing of sword peacock feathers
Last Saturday, this good rainbow trout (and nine more) were tempted by my streamers!
I read some wisdom words from “Small Stream Reflections” blog : “Fly fishing need not be complicated”…, this is true to me and I would add: “The same applies for fly tying”. Here, I want to present a small group of simple flies from my fly tying bench. Believe me, they proved their effectiveness!
From Top to bottom:
– Brown over pink bucktail streamer in TMC 200-R #12
– Light brown over white bucktail streamer in Mustad 9672 #10
– Black over white bucktail streamer in Rise 710 #12 (this fly is a “classic one” in rivers of Sierras de Córdoba)
Local brookies take this fly with special emphasis and even more in the summer months.
What is it that mimics? The answer is mere speculation, We know that in the case of SHF spectrum is wide but the truth is that it works very well.
Perhaps all depend on your particular idea when you present these flies. I leave you the recipe:
Hook: Mustad 3906 #14/#12/#10
Thread: UNI thread 8/0, red color
Body: Kreinik red floss
Hackle: Good quality light dun hen
Lately I’m using with great success some soft hackled flies with red silk or wool yarn bodies.
I combined the red color body with different soft feathers of inambú, dove, hen, hungarian partridge, grouse, etc.
In the picture you can see a “squad” of my soft hackled flies escorting the signature of Sylvester Nemes in one of the books that I have of him. With reading, many years ago, I learned the basics for proper tying and fishing techniques for this kind of flies.
I know that many who visit this blog are “addicted” on this topic and in fact, some also publish in very interesting web sites their own perspectives on the universe of these apparently simple but effective flies. I find this is very important and valuable source of information, so … thanks all of you!