Thursday, February 28, 2013

Paul's March 2013 Fly of the Month

Silver Streak

Hook:  Size #18-#22 TMC 2487.         Thread:  White or Olive.

Bead:  (Optional) Small gold, copper, or silver.  Rib:  Fine blue or chartreuse wire.

Tail:  Dun hen fibers

Abdomen:  Holographic Tinsel, Silver or Pearl (I prefer using pearl).

Thorax:  Holographic white, or chartreuse, or olive ice dubbing.

Legs/Hackle:  Dun hen fibers.

This fly was developed by Mr. Larry Kingrey.  I started using this fly because of the success I had with what I call it’s larger and similar sister “The Lightening Bug”.   That fly is also tied with silver or pearl mylar.  Neither fly looks like a natural bug but boy are they productive.  I usually fish the Lightening Bug during or before sulphur hatches, and the Silver Streak before or during olive hatches. 

To tie this fly begin by wrapping your thread from the eye (or bead) down into the bend of the hook.  Tie in your tail of dun hen fibers.  Next, tie in your wire rib.  Tie in your silver or pearl tinsel and advance your thread.  Wrap your tinsel forward to create your abdomen.  Leave enough room for your thorax and tie it off.  The tag end of your tinsel will be used as your wing case.  Rib your abdomen with the wire.   Tie and cut it off.  Dub your thorax with ice dub.  Tie in dun hackle fibers on both sides of the nymph for your legs.  Take the tinsel tag ends and fold it forward over your thorax for your wing case.  Tie off the fly and add a drop of head cement.

This fly can also be viewed at the Housatonic Fly Fishermen’s Association website at .  If you have any questions about this fly or would like to submit a pattern of the month I can be reached at 203 305-3850 or e-mail me at