This is the latest smallmouth pattern posted by Joe Cornwall at Fly Fish Ohio. I used Shannon's Streamer on the river last weekend and was completely blown away by the way it swims. Stripped in quick jerks, this streamer darts and swims like a wounded bait fish.
Joe is an amazing fly tyer, using materials many would never consider. Take the head of this streamer for example, Joe coats the head with clear silicone to trap air and also give the pattern a more realistic feel in the smallies mouth. Joe Cornwall and Ward Bean are two major influences of the Smallmouth Fly Box....you can see why.
The best thing about this fly is the fact it is virtually indestructible. A hook, chenille, eyes and a gob of silicone. Sometimes you can make things complicated, but Shannon's Streamer is deadly simple.
Get some of Patron's Bohemian Chenille and get to tying. The Shannon's Streamer is a fantastic pattern!