Anybody got a killer Stickleback pattern they want to share?

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  1. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    an olive matuka comes to mind
     
  2. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    Yeah, I think a dark olive one with a body and beard similar to what Jack did on his "Sticklebomb". A feather tied in Matuka style maybe could pull off the right look.
    However, that Sticklebomb looks like its worth fishing the way it is. Nice one, Jack!

     
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    I think I'll steal Jack's approach to tie some bait fish patterns for warmwater species. With a few changes in material color, I think the fly could look like a baby LMB.
     
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    Here is my rendition of Art Lingren's rendition of Roderick Haig-Brown's "Stickleback" as depicted in Art Lingren's book. Instead of the Polar Bear hair called for in the recipe, I used Arctic Runner and Calves Tail. View attachment 22880
    Jack
     
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    OLIVE MUDDLER MINNOWS REIGN SUPREME!!!!
    Trust me.... I know ;)

    Max.
     
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    With an avatar like yours how could we doubt you?:)
     
  7. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    Finally...the "voice from the back of the room" speaks up! I'll have to take your recommendation to heart, your moniker being what it is.;)

    I have some olive-dyed Mallard Flank and olive deer hair, and I really need to practice spinning deer hair...so that I can tie up some Muddlers. Those will be good tying practice, when I get around to 'em. Suddenly, my "to do" list looks like its getting way ahead of me again!

     
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    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    That's a nice one, Jack. Thanks for whipping it up and posting the pic.

     
  9. Jack Devlin

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    Those of us who fasten feather and fur to hook don't want to admit it but there is only a handful of flies that we really need. The muddler is certainly in that handful. ;)
    Jack
     
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    The barring in the olive mallard will do well to replicate the barring in the stickleback.... One cutthroat lake that I fish has a lot of stickleback in it and I find that an olive woolly bugger with a barred marabou tail works magic. Easier to tie than muddlers too!

    Cheers,
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    Words of wisdom!!
     
  12. Jack Devlin

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    Not to prolong this thread too much but Bob Newman hit it early on when he suggested the Rolled Muddler. But is is always fun to try something different at the vise.
    The Rolled Muddler is a pattern that I have used for trout (mostly browns) since the early 70's when it first became popular. I only just found out that it was developed by Tom Murray specifically for cutthroat trout and meant to imitate salt water beach sticklebacks.
    Again referring to Art Lingren's book, there are some very interesting anecdotes about the rolled muddler. Well worth the read if you get the chance.
    I just dug out an old fly wallet of mine and found my rolled muddler stash. Most of them are a bit chewed up and the hooks a bit rusty. Time to make up a new supply.
    Jack
    Photo: Muddler with some well rolled Rolled Muddlers. IMG_0948.jpeg

    Here is the pattern for the Rolled Muddler:
    Hook: #12 Mustad 9671 (2x long) Note: I think a 9672 (3x long) works too.
    Tail: Light Mallard
    Body: Silver Mylar
    Rib: Oval tinsel, reverse wrapped
    Wing: Rolled or slender strips of light Mallard flank feather
    Head: Deer hair, spun and clipped with a few strands of deer hair extending down along the body. Use red tying thread and tie deer hair in so that there is some red thread showing behind and n front of the head.
    Originator: Tom Murray
    I don't think Art Lingren will mind me passing on this pattern from his book.
    Jack
     
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    IMG_0965.jpg stickl2 2.jpg In my bunch of fly tying stuff I came across these feathers which I think will make perfect wings for a stickleback pattern. Looks good. Can anyone name these feathers? I'll be darned if I can remember what they are.
    Jack
     
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    These are even better but I know what they are: Golden Pheasant Center Tail. IMG_0966.jpg
     
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    I think those are peacock quills.