SHUSHAN POSTMASTER streamer pattern(s)submitted by Stack Scoville - Little Bucktails for Brookies

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Submitted By Stack Scoville

TAIL Brown mottled turkey wing (I used the "biot side" of the quill as it seemed to hold its curve a little better)
RIB Gold Tinsel
BODY Light yellow silk floss-tapered
HACKLE Red duck wing feather fibers, long, beard (I used dyed turkey tail or, on some of the flies, goose shoulder)
WING Red fox squirrel tail
CHEEKS Jungle cock- short (Omitted on these flies due to lack of quality material)
HEAD Black lacquered

Stack's Comments

The taper to the body is a modification of the technique Mike Radencich described in his excellent book on tying the Classic Salmon Fly. I used two strands of cotton embroidery floss and tied it in about 3/5 of the way toward the head. Keeping the two strands side-by-side, I wrapped forward to 4/5 then back over the first wraps to 2/5 from the tail then forward to the wing tie in point and tied off the cotton. Then with tying thread I wrapped backward, with VERY flat thread, filling in any gaps all the way to the tail and then back to the wing tie in point. I then took Kreinik silk tied it in, wrapped all the way back to the tail and then forward, making sure that there were no lumps or bumps, keeping the floss absolutely flat, and then tied it off. Next, I took an small test tube and "burnished" the silk to flatten it even further. This technique is also described in Mike's book. After wrapping the tinsel forward and tying it off, I covered the entire body with clear Cellire lacquer. After drying, I tied in the throat, much like a small wet fly wing. The squirrel follows. Finally the head is cemented, and covered with 2-5 coats of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails nail lacquer.

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