I enjoy tying flies and if you are a frequent visitor to my blog, you already have a good idea of what my favorite kind of fly is to tie (sakasa kebari...in case your not a frequent visitor). But the fact is there are so many other patterns of flies that have interesting histories or present certain tying challenges or are just beautiful to look at. Among one type of flies I have become enamored with are the streamers, specifically those in the Rangeley style created by Carrie Stevens. There are some notable tiers out there still tying these "heritage" patterns but for the most part it seems there are far too few individuals creating new patterns in this classical style. Fortunately, for those who enjoy fishing or tying these streamers, I know of a fellow blogger who's creativity when it comes to these flies is worth a second, third and fourth look.
Alan, of "Small Stream Reflections" , ties some of the most creative and beautiful streamers out there. The streamers pictured above are two of the latest that I have managed to acquire through a "mini-swap" with Alan. I sent him several of my own flies, mainly sakasa kebari, in exchange...but I dare say I made out better in this deal. This is the second time I have swapped with Alan and want him to know that I appreciate it. His blog is outstanding and in it you can find these patterns as well as many other classic streamers.
From left to right..."South Bog, Shenandoah, Northern Lights, and Poudre Canyon Special"