New Jersey fly tier Chally Bates was just fourteen years old when he first tied his signature CB Stocker streamer pattern to use while fishing with his dad:
“My father was an avid trout angler, and he’d let me tag along when he and his buddies would go fishing,” said Bates, now in his mid 70s. “They were mostly bait fishermen, but they did, on occasion, use flies and lures. I wasn’t doing well. They all outfished me and I was getting a bit frustrated.”
Much to his mother’s chagrin, Bates snipped white hair from the family dog, Spitz, and whipped up a white streamer with a red throat. He quickly discovered that stocked trout were particularly fond of the bright fly, so he dubbed it the CB Stocker. Soon, he was out-fishing the older anglers, who asked him to tie up a few examples of the new pattern for them to use. In the more than half a century since then, the fly’s popularity has spread throughout the Northeast.
In this video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions walks you through each tying step, and as usual, he has a couple tricks you can use to make the process simpler. I like the way he twists and then un-twists the heavy white thread to build-up and then smooth-out the body. An wetting the marabou and hackle feathers before tying them in will allow you to better control the materials’ placement on the hook.
CB Stocker Streamer
Hook: 4X-long streamer hook (here a Dai-Riki #700), sizes 4-10.
Body Thread: White Ultra Thread, 210 denier.
Rib: Mylar tinsel, x-small (silver side out).
Thread #2: Black Ultra Thread, 70 denier.
Wing: White marabou blood feather.
Throat: Red saddle hackle fibers.
Wingcase: Pearlescent Flashabou.
Head: Black thread.
Adhesive: Head cement (2 coats).
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