Little Rascal

Marabou brings this streamer fly to life and the conehead gets it in the strike zone.

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It's a smaller, slimmer pattern, so it's just different enough from the typical big streamer patterns that you get strikes you wouldn't get on the big flies. Plus, the Marabou has a great, lively movement and action in the water. Combine that with the conehead and you get that all-important jigging movement that predator fish often can't pass up; plus the conehead gets the fly down better in deeper and heavier water.
In sizes: 6, 8, 10, 12.
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Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 7 reviews

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7 of 7 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Just a Great Fly - 7/4/2014
    By: from Lancaster PA

    I have reviewed this once and here is a second time, I love these flies. As do big browns!

  • 5/5

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  • 5/5

    awesome streamer! - 3/14/2014
    By: from Needmore, Pa

    Just slamming big trout after big trout with #6 little rascal! Gonna get some more ASAP.

  • 5/5

    Very nice fly - 12/23/2013
    By: from Lancaster PA

    I used this fly in some very cold conditions a few weeks ago. The fly has very nice action and is weighted very well. I will be getting few more of these flies!

  • 5/5

    One of the best streamers ever - 4/12/2013
    By: from NY

    I spend a lot of my time on the water. Anytime I am fishing streamers, my go-to streamer is a black size 12 little rascal. If that is not working I will go to a white little rascal or a golden retriever. Do yourself a favor and purchase these, they hold up to plenty of fish. Last season i must have caught over 100 browns and rainbows on this pattern alone! Never get shunked again if you fish this pattern.

  • 5/5

    great fly - 6/2/2011
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    My all around go to streamer in NJ. I crush river smallies and both stocked and wild trout on these. Prefered is the olive / white combo in size 6 or 8. Great fly, holds up well also.

  • 5/5

    great fly - 5/30/2011
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    I use this with wonderline full sinking line with 4x tippet and the browns were caught pretty much every cast. Thanks for the selling this product. this fly casts great, easy to cast this fly with full sink line 60' out

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Hawkins Little Rascal

This little rascal catches big fish

Last spring, I was fishing below Tippy Dam throwing streamers for trout. There were lots of bank anglers fishing spawn sacks and a lot of heavy pressure from boat anglers. The trout were refusing most of our offerings of big streamers and we hadn’t had any steelhead activity. It was a slightly cloudy day which usually spells tough times in Michigan trout fishing. And that’s just what we were having. As white is a go-to color in sun and olive and white is the most productive color combination that I’ve experienced, I tied on two Little Rascals in those colors for my clients to change things up. Fifteen minutes later we had landed a gorgeous steelhead that darted out from a mid-stream logjam and devoured the fly. Shortly after that we landed that a 4.5 pound brown trout. A star was born.

How come a smaller streamer worked for big fish when big streamers usually get the job done? At Hawkins Outfitters, we fish streamers almost everyday because they do catch big fish pretty consistently. Along with my pattern the Nutcracker we throw a lot of large streamers that entice big predator fish and often do well. But, those same large trout and steelhead see a lot of big streamers and, I believe, grow wary of the same big patterns they see over and over again. Even the best big pattern can start to produce fewer fish if fished too much or too often. That’s why I created the Little Rascal. It’s a smaller, slimmer pattern, so it’s just different enough from the typical big patterns that you get strikes you wouldn’t get on a the big flies. Plus, it has a great, lively movement and action in the water. I tie the tail with rabbit strip to get that movement that trout love. Combine that with the conehead and you get that all-important jigging movement that predator fish often can’t pass up; plus the conehead gets the fly down better in deeper and heavier water.

We don’t just fish Little Rascals in the spring. You’ll find that you’ll have luck with them year round. You’ll get the best results if you vary retrieves and colors depending on water temps and sky color. When fishing colder water, use a slower retrieve than you would fishing warmer water. The fish’s metabolism is down and the fish themselves are slower at these times and will travel less distance to feed. If your streamer is retrieved more slowly, the fish will see it better and be able to strike. As the water warms, you can quicken your retrieve. As far as color goes: on dark days use dark colors and on bright days use bright colors. You can fish the Little Rascal in any water conditions except when the water is extremely dirty. Then, you’ll want to stick with a larger streamer. You can also use it for just about any freshwater species. I’ve caught brown, rainbow and brook trout; king, pink and Coho salmon; plus small and large mouth bass on the pattern just this year alone.

Pick a selection up today and be ready to switch up when the fish cool down to big streamers.

- By Chuck Hawkins

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