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Tuesday, January 20, 2009


High and dirty water streamer pattern for Lake Erie Steelhead. Requested Tutorial
Step #1: Select a #8 to #4 black salmon hook (your choice) and attach 6/0 black thread. Wind thread toward rear of hook and stop even with hook point.

Step #2: Attach a 3 to 4 inch piece of Orange Rabbit zonker strip. Tie in 6 strands of gold or copper Flash-A-Bou.

Step #3: Select 6 plumes of 4 inch long orange ostrich and tie in over top of rabbit strip. Attach 6 strands of Magenta Flash-A-bou over top of the ostrich plumes.

Step #4: Dub in an 1/2 inch long thick under body of Orange Hare Line Ice dubbing, and comb out material.

Step #5: take two Orange marabou plumes and place one on each side of hook. While you secure the marabou the thread will force the material to spiral and cover 360 around the hook.

Step #6: Take Shrimp Pink and Magenta Colored Schlappen feathers, and tie both feathers in together using the base(widest part) of the feather. We want the soft marabou that the schlappen provides. Palmer both feathers to blend the colors and produce an even collar.

Step #7: Select 3 red grizzly hackle feathers, and tie in centered on top of pattern.

Final: Tie in a clump of Senyo's Laser dub(Orvis and Hare line Product) and a clump of Orange Ice Dubbing and comb the entire head with a dubbing brush.

View of the finished pattern: Senyo's Water Dragon.

View #2 of the Water Dragon.
Even though this pattern is primarily used during dirty water conditions for Lake Erie steelhead, I found this pattern to be very successful for Great Lakes salmon as well. The Dragon is also an effective pattern on our sediment clouded warm water rivers for Smallmouth Bass, White Bass, and other toothy warm water predators.