My name is Lasse Bøe, 33 years old from Karmøy in the west coast of Norway. I make my living in health care, dealing with drug addicts and psychiatric patients. I am a writer for the Norwegian website www.fiskeavisen.no, as well as a consultant for the Norwegian bait making company Attraqua.
Images supplied by Lasse Boe
Although I am a pure-bred dry fly fisherman I find streamer fishing quite pleasing. It is my favored method of searching for non-rising fish, and to be honest; just as thrilling as watching a dry fly disappear into a fish mouth.
In this article I am introducing one of the most used streamers we use: Predator Single Light S106. When I say “we”, I mean my dad and me. We fish as a team and have endless trips together. When I go dry, dad goes wet. We name our flies after movie characters.
Magua from the movie The Last of The Mohicans is one of them, and he has earned his legacy by naming our most used streamers. The fly “Magua” is as just as his originator – rough, hard wearing and My dad (Egil Bøe) proudly shows his personal best Trout, weighing 5lb 2oz (2327gr) and measuring 57cm it is a fierce predator, and attacked Magua with great force, giving my dad a fight we both hope to experience frequently in the following years.
When tying Magua as my dad likes it, I keep a shorter tail than I like on my own Maguas, and rather up the hook size. Most of my streamers I tie on classic Aberdeen styled hooks, like the Aberdeen Perfect in size 2 or 1 from the Cox & Rawle range.
I can’t see any reason tying them in other colors than black or brown, imitating most smaller bait fish or as an attractor streamer for fishing near surface.
Tying the Magua streamer, step by step
I start by attaching my tying thread.
An eye lengths distance down the shank, I tie in a chain bead. I place it on the underside of the shank, and wind my thread down the shank to the middle point between the point and the barb.
At the end of the straight shank, I tie in a rabbit zonker strip. Some moisture on the hair makes it easier to part the hair and getting easier access to the bare hide. Measuring lengths is something I save for the finishing touches.
Bend the zonker strip back towards the bend to work freely on the bare shank. Any dubbing will do as an underbody, but even though I am not using it here, I find a shimmering or sparkly dubbing a tad more effective.
I like a kind of a slow tapered carrot shape on the underbody, thinnest at the back.
I am stopping at the point where the bead chains are located.
I select a shoulder feather from a capercaillie.
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