Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Shannon's Streamer

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 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!


  1. Hi,
    I've used this pattern in the past and again, yesterday. It is a killer pattern and it has the best action I've ever seen. However, I haven't found it to be resilient. The yarn inevitably slides off the tail. I've tied it a bit tighter and I've added adhesive at the hook bend to bind yarn and hook. With the latter, a ~6" panfish hit the fly yesterday and the pattern was no longer deadly, but doa. Any recommendations? I wish to keep tying this great fly!

  2. Hi Twitch, thanks for posting a comment.

    I have not had the same issues with Shannon's Streamer. Maybe I'm not using as hard as you are. Mine have stayed together well and have survived several smallmouth attacks.

    I can see what you mean about the yarn slipping, the stuff is pretty slippery.

    I will use one really hard to see if I have the same results. Maybe we can all put our heads together and come up with a G2 Shannon's Smallmouth Fly Box Streamer?

    I'll let you know if I can think of any "improvements" to the pattern.

    Thanks again for the comment, have a great 2012 season!


  3. I was able to find the pattons bohemian chenille but only in cream not white. For $5.99 I figured why not, I'm hoping to use it this coming weekend and I'll let you know if I have any success with that color.

  4. Hi Dave-

    I bet cream will work just fine. The beauty of this streamer is in its swimming action. It darts and jives like a minnow.... Good luck and thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving a comment!

    Shoot me some pictures of your catches and I'll post them.

    Take care.