Saturday, May 19, 2012
Hook: Mustad 3366 (Size 2) & Tiemco 8089 (Size 6)
Thread: 6/0 Brown Uni
Tail: Spirit River Jailhouse Marabou (Orange/Black)
Articulated Portion: Hareline UV Polar Chenille Rusty Copper UV
Mid-Section: Spirit River Jailhouse Marabou (Orange/Black) - Covers Union of Two Hooks
Body: Hareline UV Polar Chenille Rusty Copper UV
Weight: .030 Lead Wire
I sent this fly to Ward Bean a few years back as an alternate/improvement to his Articulated Streamer. Ward's original was excellent, but he used palmered hackle to form the body of the streamer. I used a new material at the time called palmer chenille. Ward liked my version and made his pattern and made a few modifications of mine to come up with his Palmer Chenille Articulated Minnow.
I prefer the unkempt version above especially with the UV Polar Chenille. The UV Polar Chenille has longer fibers and has a very enticing reflection and movement in the water. The articulated tail section wobbles just like a jointed Rapala!
You have seen this pattern in a one-piecer on the blog before, I called it the Copperhead Streamer. I really like the look of this as an articulated streamer.
My son really likes astronomy and when he saw this pattern on the bench reflecting a purple, blue and copper light spectrum he called it The Neptune. Kind of a fitting name!
This pattern is made up of very few materials....which is always a great thing. Try all kinds of palmer chenille and let me know how things turn out.