Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What Can You Say?

"Northern Lights"
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"


  1. Very nice. Like art...or candy. I'm not sure which.

  2. Moveitfred...To me, they are art. To a trout, I would guess, they look like candy.

  3. Alan is a killer tier, no doubt. I have been following him on the blog or on forums (i.e. NEEF) for long time. I wish I could fish some of those little cricks he calls home.

  4. Karel...I personally think he should do some sort of coffee table book with the flies he ties. There is not a single one I don't like or want to try. I grew up an hour north of NYC and there were a lot of streams but from what Alan posts on his blog CT must be loaded with small brookie streams. I really need to try my hand at CT...it's so close.

  5. I agree that those streamers are some of the finest artwork I have seen. I can't help but picture a Brookie just stopping and admiring the art in it and drifting back to tell the others :) His blog is one of my favorites, as is yours. His flies are inspiring to a young fly fisherman like me :) Tight Lines.

  6. Trout MaGee...Alan does for streamers what you do for photography in your posts. I'm glad that you, Alan and many of the other talented bloggers out there share your talents with the rest of us.