Submitted by message board member, Troutchaser – who is the author of a new book, Fly-Fishing for Trout in Southeast Minnesota which can be found at www.troutchasers.net
Tequeelly Streamer . . . for big trout (or smallmouth)
Hook: 3XL streamer, sizes 2 down to 8
Bead: Copper or Gold Cone or Bead
(or you can use dumbbell eyes to ride hook-point up)
Thread: 6/0 black, tan or orange
Tail: Yellow Marabou and Black Marabou
Body: Copper Crystal Chenille or Root Beer Cactus Chenille
Legs: Medium round yellow rubber
1: Tying is pretty straight-forward. De-barb hook and slide on a cone or bead.
2: Wrap a thread base from the cone to the bend and back and then return to the
bend to tie in a clump of yellow marabou. Bind down marabou stem and fluff to the
back of the cone. Tail should be shank-length.
3: Repeat with a black clump of marabou, and then on top of the black, add a clump
of yellow marabou. Binding down along the shank gives the body some bulk.
4: Tie in the Crystal Chenille behind the cone and bind it down to the bend on top of
the hook. Take the thread back to a 1/3rd point (above the hook point).
5: Wrap the Crystal Chenille to this 1/3rd point and clip a heavy hackle pliers to it so
it stays put.
6: Take two 2” lengths of rubber, bend around thread, and tie on together loosely,
slide one to the rear side, and tighten down with two tight wraps. Advance thread
to the 2/3rd point, and then wrap the Crystal Chenille to this point, passing it
between the “X” of the rubber legs as you do so.
7: Repeat the process for a second set of legs, move the thread to just behind the
cone, and repeat the process for a third set of legs. Whip-finish twice and clip the
thread. Tweak the legs so they are horizontal and shorten the leg length if necessary.
8: Run this fly through deep holes, especially rip-rapped banks near roads, downed
trees, and other big-trout hide-outs. Dusk and dawn are always good.
Notes for tying: Tequila was involved in the creation of this streamer.
If you are using a cone, tuck a few wraps of lead inside the cone to stabilize it.
Chartreuse marabou is a good option to the yellow marabou
Reminder: Trout turn piscivorous once they are 5” long.