Tim Flagler, of Tightline Productions, sent us something a little bit different this week: a great video (above) of a pair of anglers night-fishing on the South Branch of the Raritan River. I love the way it captures all the river’s life, from the baitfish to the crawdas to the insects, as well as the trout that the fly fishermen are after. And some of those are very good fish.
If you plan to head out after dark, Tim suggests that you load up on hot dogs and make sure to bring along the two patterns below. Both are great generalist streamers—serving to imitate crayfish, baitfish, leeches, or any of a number of other forage foods a cruising trout might come upon in the dark.
Olive Beadhead Woolly Bugger
Hook: 4X-long streamer hook (here a Dai-Riki #700), size 2-12.
Thread: Brown-olive. 6/0 or 140 denier.
Weight: Lead-free wire, .02.
Tail: Olive marabou blood quills, tips removed.
Body: Olive chenille.
Hackle: Olive grizzly.
Adhesive: Head cement.
Pine Squirrel Streamer
Hook: 6X-long streamer hook (here a Lightning Strike ST5), size 4.
Thread: Brown-Olive, 6/0 or 140-denier.
Tail Support: 1/4-inch strip of brown craft foam.
Adhesive 1: Zap-A-Gap.
Tail and body: Sculpin Olive pine-squirrel zonker strip.
Head: Tying Thread.
Adhesive 2: Head cement.