Published Nov 7. 2005 - 18 years ago
Updated or edited Jan 21. 2016

Mini Streamers

How small can you tie a streamer and still call it a streamer? The folks on the streamers@ mailing list decided to challenge themselves to a swap of streamers no larger than a size 12. The results were move interesting.

In January of 2003, the members of the New England Streamers list were discussing Gaelic Supreme streamer hooks. Specifically their Rangely Streamer hooks and soon the topic wandered over to their mini-streamer hooks. The discussion stressed that mini-streamers were practical in that they can imitate fry patterns. One member (Deryn) mentioned the possibility of a mini-streamer swap. There was enough interest in the swap by the other members and I volunteered to host it. The criteria was simple; the swap was open for any streamers or bucktails tied on size 12 hooks or smaller. After a few delays by the participants and myself, the swapped flies were exchanged and back in the participant’s hands six months later.
- Clyde Watson
Photographs by Bob Petti

Woods Special

tied by Clyde Watson
Hook: Mustad 79580, #14
Tag: Flat Silver Tinsel
Tail: Golden Pheasant Crest
Body: Orange Floss
Rib: Oval Gold Tinsel
Wing: Woodduck Flank
Hackle: Grizzly
Head: Black

Montreal Whore

tied by Glenn Seibert

Hook: Mustad 3665A, #12
Body: Hunter's Orange Wool Yarn
Rib: Silver Mylar
Wing: Five strands of red, blue, and white bucktail,
mixed, over which is a white marabou feather. Wing
should extend no more than 1/4" past bend of
Head: Black w/ painted eyes

Mickey Finn

tied by Don Corey

Hook: Mustad 33960
Body: Flat Silver Tinsel
Rib: Oval Silver Tinsel
Wing: Yellow, Red, Yellow Calftail, layered
Head: Black

A.A. Bucktail Beauty

tied by Alan Grombacher

Hook: Mustad 39841, #14
Body: Gold Mylar
Wing: 50/50 mix of Orange and Brown bucktail
Underwing: Orange bucktail (omitted on smaller sizes)
Beard: Orange Hackle
Head: Brown

Veiled Glimmer Fly

tied by Rob Nicewonger

Hook: Mustad 79580, #14
Tail, Body, and Underwing: Mix of White Antron and
Pearl Flash
Wing: Light colored mallard flank
Head: White

Clouser Foxee Redd

tied by Joseph D. Cornwall

Hook: TMC300, #12
Belly: Light colored Red Fox Body Fur
Wing: 6 strands of copper Flashabou topped with a
short, fuzzy wing of dark red fox tail fur. Include
guard hairs and under fur. Tie bushy and short.
Eyes: Lead dumbell eyes

Blue Back

tied by Bill Stotz

Hook: Herter's Supreme 70294XL
Body: Flat Silver Tinsel
Rib: Oval Silver Tinsel
Wing: Sparse bucktail, white under yellow under blue
Topping: Peacock Herl
Head: Black

Milkweed Fly

tied by Clyde Watson

Hook: Mustad 79580, #14
Tail: Lemon Woodduck
Body: Orange Floss
Rib: Flat Silver Tinsel
Throat: Barred Woodduck
Wing: Two Slips of Milkweed (*)
Head: Black
(*) White chickabou used as substitute

Iris #1

tied by Deryn LaCombe

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mini Streamer
Body: Silver Mylar Tinsel
Rib: Silver Uni Micro Tinsel
Wing: Arctic Runner, Blue over Green over Yellow over Red
Cheek: Jungle Cock
Head: Black


I've fished small fl...

I've fished small flies a lot on most of the water I fish is small streams and stillwater big flies just scare the fins off.Little clousers and Whistler little to no flash (size # 8-10) work great try them.Remember let the fur and feathers fly.

how effective would ...

how effective would AA bucktail beauty the milkweed fly and the woods special be in northern new england early spring, the warmer months, morning or evening , in rivers or ponds?

Try some tiny feathe...

Try some tiny featherwings on these small hooks. Use Whiting Hen hackles, they have a slim profile and good feather density. I tie them down to #14. An all white feather wing for a Black Ghost or Dr. Oatman works real well. Greys and grizzly hackles will expand your list of possible patterns. Easy to tie, very attractive and surprisingly useful.

I have been tying an...

I have been tying and fishing "Micro Streamers" for years. I tye Wooley Buggers down to size 18 on 2x or 3x hooks when I can get them. They are very succesfull in winter trout fishing and early spring. I usually tye them with a few strands of silver crystal flash in the tail,
Alex Lilje

Veiled Glimmer Fly ...

Veiled Glimmer Fly tied by Rob Nicewonger. Is the body composed of twisted antron and pearl flash?



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Bill, We don't se...


We don't sell flies... or anything for that matter. You will have to tie them yourself.


I am interested in o...

I am interested in ordering some of your mini streamers. Do you sell the trout flies you display on this website? How do I order?


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