PROFESSOR, WARDEN'S WORRY streamer pattern(s)submitted by Will Taylor - Little Bucktails for Brookies

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Submitted By Will Taylor

HOOK Mustad 9672 #8
THREAD black uni 8/0
TAG fine oval gold tinsel
TAIL red hackle fibers
RIB fine oval gold tinsel
BODY yellow floss
WING grey squirrel
THROAT brown hen hackle fibers
HOOK Mustad 9575 #8
THREAD black uni 8/0
TAG flat silver tinsel, #16 (also tied with gold tinsel)
TAIL narrow strip of red duck wing quill, long
RIB medium oval gold tinsel
BODY yellow-orange dubbing (I used rabbit), or wool, picked out
WING natural brown bucktail from top of tail
THROAT yellow hen hackle fibers


My dad had a wonderful box of brook trout flies when I was a kid, many of them tied on eyeless hooks with gut snells. This squirrel-winged version of the Professor was one of the patterns I recall, along with a strip-wing version using a woodduck flank wing. This is one of my favorite patterns for swirling into pint-sized pools on tumbling mountain streams. I just have to tie one on my tippet to go back to those barefoot days on Beehunter Creek.

Warden's Worry:
Developed by warden Joseph Stickney, of Saco, Maine; an old standard since the 1920's. I originally wanted to tie this with a squirrel wing, but a traditionalist on the list shamed me into "doin' it proper." I'm glad he did - it looks a lot better the way that Stickney intended it. (I do have a couple with fox squirrel wings in my bucktail wallet, but I'll be careful who I show those to).

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