Our Children's Streamers

This feature organized by Stan Jakubaszek, provides some artistic streamer patterns inspired by the contributors' children or grandchildren.

By Stan Jakubaszek

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Submitted By Doug Saball

TAIL Golden Pheasant crest feather pointing upward.
BUTT Peacock Herl
BODY Orange floss
RIB Medium gold tinsel and palmered yellow hackle
THROAT Orange hackle beard style.
WING 2 Badger hackles flanked by 2 pink hackles.
SHOULDERS Golden pheasant tippets.
CHEEKS Jungle Cock
HEAD Peacock Herl
TAIL Red quill
BODY Flat Silver Tinsel
RIB Oval Silver Tinsel
THROAT White buck tail next to body extended to hook bend then grizzly hackle beard style.
WING 2 Grizzly hackles flanked by 2 No. 2 blue peacock hackles, topped by 5 peacock sword hearls pointing down over the back end of the wing.
BODY Rear half black floss, middle 1/4 orange floss, front 1/4 red floss.
RIB Flat Silver Tinsel
1ST WING 1 yellow hackle under 1 red hackle tied biplane next to body flanked by one peacock hearl on each side.
2ND WING 2 Grizzly hackles flanked by 2 yellow hackles tied in the upright position.
HACKLE Grizzly hackle wrapped twice around the shank, and Red hackle wrapped twice and tied back.

Doug's Comments On These Patterns:

Matt's Marvel:

This pattern was designed after Matthew Saball, my second son. Matt has a very integrated personality. This was the motive to make a more advanced pattern. This pattern could also be made for Atlantic Salmon as well as a streamer pattern. One of Matt's favorite colors is pink, thus the wing. He also likes the golden pheasant as a bird so I used some feather from this bird.

This is definitely a morning pattern. I found that tying it took extra concentration and a steady hand. For me this means in the morning or before 2:00 PM.

The hard parts of this pattern is the ribbing and the shoulders. The ribbing is easier if you have a rotary vice. A steady tension on the tinsel at 45 degrees will allow an even spacing of the tinsel. After the tinsel is attached I do the same with the yellow hackle trying not to cross the tinsel. The golden pheasant tippet shoulders are easy to separate due to the yellow hackle ribbing fibers that protrude from the body. To alleviate this problem it may be necessary to trim the hackle near the head.

Peter's Blue Peacock:

This fly was designed after Peter Saball who is my youngest son. Thus the motive for the blue wing. Peter also likes peafowl as birds and has a peacock feather collection.

Tying this pattern is typical of streamers. The hardest part is to have the peacock sword hearls encompass the wing.

Jonathan's Biplane Warrior:

This fly named after my oldest son Jonathan Saball, is tied in the style noted to be started by Chief Needahbeh of the Penobscot Indian Nation in Maine. The biplane and upright wing is an example of the moods of teenagers, which Jonathan is one. At one time things can be flat the next up in the air. The name includes "warrior" for two reasons, Chief Needahbeh, and Jon's desire to win.

This fly is moderately difficult to tie because of the wing positions. However, I found if I used the Rangeley style and cemented the different wing segments, it was easier to tie.

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