by Matthew Scott

When the winter legitimately becomes too oppressive to fish (i.e. – temperatures drop below -15 or so, you can’t see more than ten feet in front of your car, or the wind is buffeting snow into great piles against the doorstep) the answer for a  fly fisherman is simple.
 

 

Tie flies.
 
Stock the fly box so when the weather abates, you can grab the hand warmers and fleece and head out to the river.
 
Shane Rickert is a wizard at the fly table and it seems is often coming up with something that will bring the fish in even on rough days. So when he reported the discovery of a new “monster streamer”, naturally I had to see the thing.
 
So, Shane and Jake of Chi Wulff, and myself hosted a fly tying party, complete with Cervezas and Country playing in the background. Seating was somewhat limited at my little apartment, but the guys tied admirably well while seated on various pieces of lawn furniture and a balance ball. The only place to clamp the vices for tying was on the kitchen counter. But it was worth it – Jake and I were able to see first-hand the creation of one of Shane’s monster streamer patterns.

 

The next morning, I turned my stove on to make for a cup of tea and smelled something burning. Naturally there was a piece of chenille under the burner, merrily sizzling away. And so long as it wasn’t a fly or one of Shane’s monsters – I was okay with that.
 
You have to have your priorities.
 
Shane’s Monster Streamer
 


 
Materials:

  • owner jig hook
  • yellow / olive marabou
  • dark olive rabbit zonker
  • olive polar chenille
  • medium white dumbbell eyes
  • Big fly thread or 6/0

 
Steps:

  1. Start thread on hook
  2. Attach eyes to the underside of hook
  3. Tie in marabou the length of the hook shank
  4. Pierce rabbit strip with hook point
  5. Tie in polar chenille and palmer forward
  6. Bring rabbit forward and tie in and palmer around hook twice
  7. Whip finish and apply a drop of flex glue or super glue

 
*Big fly thread is very slick and super glue will prevent it from slipping.
After all, there are few things in life more satisfying than landing a fish that decided to chomp on your hand-tied fly.
 
Shane’s Monster Streamer works admirably well in the spring shoulder season and we’ve had some good luck with it during the winter as well. Next time you reach for a streamer, give Shane’s a try. I think you’ll find it worth your while.
 
After all, there are few things in life more satisfying than landing a fish that decided to chomp on your hand-tied fly.

Fly Tying: Shane’s Monster Streamer

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About the Author: Matthew Scott

Matthew Scott is a dedicated photographer, vintage car enthusiast, and regular contributor to Overland Journal. Growing up in Chicago in a family that valued “all things automotive” as much as exploring the region’s back roads, provided a solid platform for a career as an automotive journalist. He departed the Windy City in lieu of Prescott, Arizona, and the great open spaces and adventure opportunities of America’s Southwest. @matthewexplore