The Scleech is my favorite double-hook streamer. The title is a bit of a lie. It’s not actually a true articulated pattern, rather a single-hook streamer with a stinger hook and the fly’s body on the connection between the main hook and the stinger. If I wasn’t yacking, I can tie these in about ten minutes, much less than most similar-sized streamers.
This is a great fly in early spring (late March through early June) on the Yellowstone, but it can work all summer and fall too. Usually I fish the fly on a seven-weight rod, with a type-IV sink tip line and about 10lb Maxima for tippet. Strip and rip, but don’t hesitate to high-stick nymph it through the turbulent, foamie, bankside pockets, particularly in midsummer when the big browns sit in those spots and don’t like it when other fish invade their territory.
More info at Walter’s personal blog, at https://fishstories.ycflyfishing.com
This fly worked like a charm on Yellowstone River float trips last season, the only place where I tried it. I also suspect it will work well in the Black and Grand Canyons of the Yellowstone and perhaps in the Lamar drainage and on the Madison and Gallatin.
For 2019, all of the most popular and effective colors of Bob Hoppers will be available in additional sizes. Peach and pink, the two most effective colors in general, will be available in #10 through #14. Depending on color, we’ll have most colors in at least one additional size, sometimes #10 and sometimes #12, and we’ll certainly be playing with even larger versions. Salmonfly Bobs, anyone? In the past, we’ve only had these in #14. The larger versions worked great with the high water and plentiful grasshoppers we had last year, and are big enough to float tungsten-headed nymphs. Full availability for these new sizes of Bob Hoppers will be in late May and June. We expect to sell out of all of them no later than late August, except for guide use, of course…
Check out this post for a video on how to tie these larger Bobs.
I’m amazed there wasn’t a video of the Candy Cane Flesh Fly up on Youtube already. This pattern was suggested to me by the lodge owner before I went up to Alaska in 2017, and it produced some big rainbows for me on the Copper and Gibraltar Rivers in the Lake Iliamna watershed. Whip up a few if you’re going to Alaska in late summer or fall.
This version of Chuck Kraft’s Kreelex is a fun one to fish in spring and fall when the big fish are aggressive. While some other colors probably produce more fish, this one’s fun because you can almost always see the fly and therefore the strikes. It uses alternate materials than the standard Kreelex.