Published May 1. 2003 - 21 years ago
Updated or edited Jun 15. 2016

Mike Martineks Rangeley Streamers

Internationally known streamer tyer Mike Martinek shares some of his flies

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The streamer images and dressings on this page were contributed by mike martinek, an internationally-known streamer tyer from massachussetts. Thanks to mike for sharing these patterns with us! The originator of these patterns is noted next to the pattern name, and the history of each pattern is provided by mike. Enjoy!

september witch (m.martinek)

september witch image
body: copper tinsel
rib: copper wire (doubled and wound on like oval tinsel)
belly: fine orange bucktail with fine white bucktail under this
underwing: 6 peacock herls
wing: (seperate assembly each side) 1 claret hackle with 1 olive gray hackle outside of the claret
shoulders: dyed red golden pheasant body feathers
throat: short golden pheasant crest then white schlappen
Finishing with a bit of red schlappen on throat and on the top of the fly
cheeks: jungle cock
history: a fine fly for fall days or early season. Smelty looking with a dash of color. First tied at newfound lake n.h in 1972

olive empress (m.martinek)

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body: copper tinsel
belly: fine yellow bucktail with fine white under that and a golden pheasant crest 1/2 as long as the hook curving upward.
underwing: 6 peacock herls
wing: (seperate assembly each side) 1 tan/green hackle with a gold/olive green hackle outside.
shoulders: fine wood duck or mandarin flank
throat: white schlappen with a bit of orange schlappen on throat and on the top of the fly
cheeks: jungle cock
history: evolved in the early 1970's along with the sandbar smelt for clear water lakes with very translucent green tone smelt. This dressing is a little darker than the sandbar smelt.

badger - red (unknown)

badger - red image
body: hot red stretch floss
rib: fine silver tinsel
wing: 4 badger hackles
belly: fine white & yellow bucktail mixed (sparse)
throat:pale orange hackle fibers
shoulder:wood duck flank
cheeks: jungle cock
history: an older fly from the 1960's which was mainly used on lake winnisquam and winnipesaukee in central new hampshire. Originator unknown. The original had a body of herter's death ray hot red

ligget's special

ligget's special image
body: flat silver tinsel
rib: oval silver tinsel
wing: white calftail then red calftail, then yellow calftail on top
eyes: jungle cock
history: an old maine war horse that is not seen around as much these days. One of my all time favorites. From the waterville, me. Area named after mr. Liggett, a hathaway shirt company foreman. I prefer it over the mickey finn

big john (m. Martinek)

big john image
body: lavendar silk floss
rib: fine silver tinsel
belly: fine pink bucktail with fine white bucktail under that and a golden pheasant crest 1/2 as long as the hook shank curving up.
underwing: 6 peacock herls with a long straight golden pheasant crest over them.
wing: white hackle flanked by pale aqua hackle
shoulder: pale green dyed mallard flank
throat: white schlappen with magenta schlappen on the top and bottom
cheeks: jungle cock
history: a beautiful fly which looks great and has excellent visibility. Named after my friend john patton of idaho falls idaho

indian puddle (ed bendl)(adapted to featherwing by m. Martinek)

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tail: 1 red golden pheasant body feather turned up.
body: copper tinsel
rib: copper wire
belly: fine orange bucktail
underwing: fine sunflower yellow bucktail
wing: 4 bright magenta hackles
shoulder: silver pheasant
throat: orange hackle fibers
cheeks: jungle cock
history: this is a slightly modified fly originated by ed bendl of northville n.y. It is a featherwing version of his bucktail pattern. A hot fly for salmon on lake george. Ed is an old time local fly tyer and very knowledgeable about n.y. Lake fishing

sailor's delight (m. Martinek)

sailor's delight image
tail: small red golden pheasant tippets
body: copper mylar (lacquer when done)
rib: copper wire
underwing: pale orange goat or bucktail
wing: (tied on top of hook, conventional style) 2 hot orange 2 red and 2 fiery brown hackles with brown as the outermost (made up as one unit and tied in)
topping: 1 golden pheasant crest as long as the wing
throat: red schlappen tied as a beard
cheeks: jungle cock
history: another fly with fall colors good in tandem as well the crest was added to give more translucent "life" to the wing

mike martinek rangeley streamer hooks

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A well tempered superior addition to the streamer tyer's kit, the mike martinek rangeley streamer hook, produced in england by gaelic supreme. Available at many fly shops or on the web at the top hook is a 8xl 2x wire and the bottom is a 6xl regular wire . Both are english size #1


Hi Mickey, Haven't s...

Hi Mickey, Haven't seen you for a while your friend. Jimmy Newton Doug Chickering has also
lost track of you !!!!!!!

Hi, I am Betsy Ligge...

Hi, I am Betsy Liggett Norton, daughter of Mel Liggett after whom the Liggett Special was named. I was thrilled that this streamer was still around. I was wondering if I could buy one of these streamers. I have a poem I wrote about his fishing and would love to have the streamer to put in the frame with the poem and a picture of him very happy with a string of fish. I would be very glad to pay for the streamer and shipping costs. I after over 50 years, have very few remembrances of my Dad besides what is in my heart and would really love to have one of the streamers. Thank you for any help you can give me.


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