10/25/09
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives
2.   Great Brown Autumn Sedge
3.   Slate Drakes
4.   Little Yellow Quills
5.   Needle Stoneflies
6.   Crane Flies
7.   Helligramite
8.   Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish
9.   Midges

New Old Flies - Part 3

Zonker Streamer:
The Zonker was created by Dan Dyford in the 1070s. Up until that time, streamers
were tied using feathers and bucktail for wings. The streamers tied by Mr. Dyford
used rabbit strips, or rabbit fur with the skin still on it. The fly was not only very
effective at imitating various baitfish, it was extremely durable.

Mylar tubing replaced the original metal foil that was used to create the shinny
appearance of the belly of the baitfish. We have two types or colors -
Natural and
Copper and Natural and Pearl.

Green Weenie Streamer:
I am told our Green Weenie Streamer fly is the original Green Weenie. Another
popular version of it that uses chenille for everything except the hook and thread
was created by Mr. Ken Igo and Russ Mowry of Pennsylvania.

We have two types, the
Green Weenie Streamer and the Bead Head Green Weenie
Streamer. Both types comes in hook sizes 12, 14 and 16. Both flies sell for only
$.79 each including delivery anywhere in the U. S.

Mean Green Weenie Streamer:
The Mean Green Weenie Streamer is a fly we came up with experimenting with
imitations of moth larvae. My instructions, sent along with the recipe, was to make it
very buggy. Our tiers did that for sure. It is about the buggiest fly I have ever seen.
What was not on the recipe or instructions was the tail The tail was added by
accident or either because one of the tiers thought a fly must have a tail. No one will
admit adding it and no one seems to know anything about it when I bring it up.

We sent this fly out to three of the anglers we use for testing and ask them to cut
the tail off. All three came back reporting very good results. One of them showed
the fly to another angler who requested two dozen on them - with tails. We didn't
have that many of the size he wanted because we really hadn't even decided to use
the fly. I had my tiers tie up 2 dozen more. This went on for about two years and a
year before we even launched the Perfect Fly website.

When we decided to sell some generic, standard flies a couple of months ago, I
added the Mean Green Weenie Streamer to the list. I added the name "mean" to
the name for what was actually a mistake, or a fly we never intended to tie or sell.
So far, about 240 of them have been sold.
All I can say is this is an "attractor"
fly
. It attracts anglers.

One of the main reasons we added standard, generic or attractor flies to our store
was to prove that we can tie and sell quality tied flies made from quality material for
as low a price as anyone. We know that some of our Perfect Flies are priced higher
than most other flies. That is because they require a lot more work and skill to tie
than other standard flies. For example, look at our Yellow Sally
Stonefly Nymph, for
example, compared to a generic or standard one. Look at one of our
Mayfly Duns
compared to a standard of generic one.
If you do that, I think anyone would
agree, the price we charge for our Perfect Flies is low.



Continued



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