Published Jan 24. 2012 - 9 years ago
Updated or edited Nov 27. 2020

#24 - Silver Darter

Tied by: Chris Del Plato Originated by: Lew Oatman Source: Streamer Fly tying and Fishing; Joseph Bates 1966 Pg. #335 Hook: #4-#12 2xl-6xl hook...

#24 Silver Darter - Chris Del Plato


Tied by: Chris Del Plato
Originated by: Lew Oatman
Source: Streamer Fly tying and Fishing; Joseph Bates 1966 Pg. #335

Hook: #4-#12 2xl-6xl hook
Thread: White
Tail: A very small section of silver pheasant wing quill
Body: White floss tapered slightly
Rib: Flat silver tinsel
Throat: Peacock sword tied half the body length curving upward
Wing: 2 silver badger hackles
Eye: Jungle cock nail small and short
Head: Black

Notes: The Silver Darter was Lew's favorite streamer to fish, and he preferred it in a size 10. It has become a 'go-to' fly for Chris as well, one of a handful of streamer patterns he would never leave home without. Chris ties most of his Silver Darters in smaller sizes, #8 and #10. The Silver Darter was Lew's favorite streamer to fish, and he preferred it in a size 10. Chris credits the strong natural lateral line drawn by the silver badger hackle to being a key trigger in it's effectiveness, sighting wild brown trout as a frequent victim of its lure.

From Streamer Fly tying and Fishing; Bates 1966 page #335
This imitates the Cayuga minnow and is very effective for brook, brown and rainbow trout, It does well in heavily fished streamers throughout the season, even in low, clear water, and does equally well in wilderness areas. I often have taken trout with it when I couldn't seem to pick a dry fly rising trout would strike. It should be a very slim fly in the water, and I like to use the slenderest hackles available.
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Comment to #24 - Silver Darter...

Beautiful fly, Chris. Darren - I think you have an extra line in the pattern recipe (underwing).

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Thanks Bob!

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Love it!!!

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First feather wing I ever attempted... still working out the taper. Great tie!

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The taper is tricky. I've attempted Oatman flies on a number of occasions and never really been satisfied with the results. Even if i happen to get a decent taper, wrapping the rib without it slipping is a big challenge.

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