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Video: Fly Tying Articulated Trout Streamer

If you read my recent trip report of Labrador, you would have seen me mention that articulated streamers seemed to work very well there on trout and landlocked salmon. This is one of the patterns that I brought with me. In the following video, Shaun Baggitt takes us through his technique for tying this white/pearl articulated streamer on Gamakatsu B10S hooks. Below the video is a more detailed list on tying instructions!

Baggitt's "Bad Ass Bill" (B.A.B.) Tying Instructions:

Shaun Baggitt - Articulated Trout Streamer "Bad Ass Bill"

  1. Serve tying thread onto size 2 Gamakatsu Stinger Hook until it hangs just behind the hook point.
  2. Serve in one plume of white marabou, tying forward, but leaving small space behind hook eye to build head. Snip off excess marabou.
  3. Serve string back to tail, stopping 1/8" shy of tie in point for marabou. Begin tying in white petite estaz, back to tie in point for marabou.
  4. Tie in tip of white schlappen feather, and serve thread forward to original stopping point, just shy of hook eye.
  5. Palmer the petite estaz forward, pulling it tight every three (3) turns to ensure it is locked onto the hook shank. Tie the estaz in at the point where your thread hangs, making sure to leave a small 1/8" inch space to build head of fly. Snip off excess estaz
  6. Palmer the schlappen feather forward, and tie in at the same point where the estaz was tied in. Snip off excess feather.
  7. Tie in two strands of Clear/Pearl-Silver Flake Sili Legs at head of fly, making sure they are even length on either side of fly. 
  8. Build small tapered head, ensuring not to crowd the hook gap. 3-4 turn whip finish and add favorite head cement or UV gel. Cure with UV light if applicable. (Loon UV Clear Thick in video)
  9. Serve tying thread onto size 1 Gamakatsu Stinger Hook until it hangs just behind the hook point. Tie articulation material in forward, stopping just shy (roughly 1/8" shy of hook eye). Then wrap thread backwards to tie in point of articulation material. In the video, I use 60 pound Power Pro braided line. I have not noticed any difference between using this or actual small gauge braided wire.
  10. Slide two plastic articulation beads onto tag end of articulation material. Then take tail end of fly, making sure that the hook point is facing down (same direction as hook currently in vise), and place articulation material through the hook eye.
  11. With the tail end of the fly now on the articulation material, thread the material back through the two beads and pull until a small, 1/8" loop, exists between the beads and the hook eye of the tail portion of the fly. Take three or four thread wraps forward, securing the tag end of the articulation material to the hook shank. At this point, before serving in the rest of the way, you can adjust the length of the loop between the beads and trail hook eye. This can take a bit of trial and error, but you want to ensure that the tail hook has plenty of freedom to swim side to side, but cannot swing far enough forward as to foul itself around the front hook
  12. With the proper loop size attained, make thread wraps up to the spot roughly 1/8" shy of hook eye, snip off excess articulation material, then make thread wraps back to the rear end of the fly. Apply super glue over the served in articulation material on the hook shank. I like to use LockTite or other types of super glue. I find using UV gel ineffective, as it cures too thickly and does not allow for ease of tying in rest of materials.
  13. Once super glue is dry, tie in a small plume of marabou, just enough to cover the articulation joint of the fly. (This step is optional, and I have seen no significant difference in hook up rate or action of fly when I don't include this.) Make thread wraps forward, securing rest of marabou feather, stopping at the same spot just shy of the hook eye. Snip off excess marabou.
  14. Serve string back to tail, stopping 1/8" shy of tie in point for marabou. Begin tying in white petite estaz, back to tie in point for marabou.
  15. Tie in tip of white schlappen feather, and serve thread forward to original stopping point, just shy of hook eye.
  16. Palmer the petite estaz forward, pulling it tight ever three (3) turns to ensure it is locked onto the hook shank. Tie the estaz in at the point where your thread hangs, making sure to leave a small 1/8" inch space to build head of fly. Snip off excess estaz
  17. Palmer the schlappen feather forward, and tie in at the same point where the estaz was tied in. Snip off excess feather.
  18. Tie in two strands of Clear/Pearl-Silver Flake Sili Legs at head of fly, making sure they are even length on either side of fly. 
  19. Grab a medium sized clump of white Laser Dub, making sure to stretch it, tear it, and re-pack it a few times. Lay the dubbing on top of the hook shank, and take 2-3 thread wraps to secure it in place.
  20. Take an identical sized clump of white Laser Dub, and repeat step 22 on the bottom of the hook shank.
  21. With your free hand, gently pull the Laser Dub rearward, while bringing your tying thread forward to the hook eye. Inspect the head of the fly to ensure the dubbing evenly covers the head of the fly all the way around.
  22. Make a 5-6 turn whip finish, and cut off tying thread.
  23. Take UV gel and apply liberal amount to inside of #7 Fish Skull Fish-Mask. Place fish skull over hook eye and press back onto dubbing until the Fish-Mask is full of dubbing. With your free hand, ensure the hook point of the fly is inline with the center line of the Fish-Mask. This ensures the fly will swim true. While holding Fish-Mask in place, use UV light to cure resin inside Fish-Mask for 1 min.
  24. Taking tying thread, and create a small tapered thread base in front of the Fish-Mask. Make a 3-5 turn whip finish, and apply small amount of UV resin to these thread wraps. Use UV light to cure.
  25. Place small dot of super glue where the eyes go on the Fish-Mask, and place the eye down. Repeat on other side of Fish-Mask. Once eyes are in place and the super glue has dried sufficiently, take UV resin and cover just the eyes, not the entire fish mask. This maximizes the durability of the eyes.

 

 

 

 

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