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Ronn Lucas, Sr.
Top Classic Streamers of All Time
Posted 09 April 2010 - 12:44 AM
Posted 09 April 2010 - 08:55 AM
Posted 09 April 2010 - 02:01 PM
Posted 09 April 2010 - 05:35 PM
I suppose your list might change depending on whether you slant it toward historical significance, angler popularity, regional importance or fishing effectiveness.
On The Streamer List several years ago we did a kind of 'desert island' streamer poll of the (then) 150+ members and this was the result with # of votes:
1. Black Ghost 33
2. Gray Ghost 32
3. Woolly Bugger (various) 30
4. Muddler Minnow 26
5. Black Nose Dace 25
6. Mickey Finn 25
7. Hornberg Streamer 22
8. Thunder Creek (various) 22
9. Clouser Minnow 19
Joe's Smelt 14
Leech pattern 14
Zonker (various) 14
11. Little Brook Trout 12
12. White Marabou 10
13. Picket Pin 9
Light Spruce 8
Magog Smelt 8
Montreal Whore 8
Nine Three 8
Royal Coachman Bucktail 8
Woods Special 8
15. Supervisor 7
Edson Light Tiger 6
Golden Darter 6
Governor Aiken 6
Ripogenus Smelt 6
Barnes Special 5
Chief Needabeh 5
Ligget Special 5
Yellow Marabou 5
Footer Special 4
Pink Lady 4
Trout Fin 4
Warden's Worry 4
Family Secret 3
MacGregor Bucktail 3
Shushan Postmaster 3
Teal Strip 3
White Ghost 3
Badger-n-Red Matuka 2
BBL Smelt 2
Chamber's Fly 2
Harris Special 2
Lake Erie Shiner 2
Miss Julie 2
Silver Darter 2
Winnipesaukee Smelt 2
Posted 09 April 2010 - 10:49 PM
Posted 15 April 2010 - 04:48 PM
I ditto John's list, except I'd remove the Muddler (it doesn't look like a classic streamer, even though I KNOW it's taken some large brook trout).
The Nine Three would be my choice of replacement. It was FIRST made as a streamer on jury rigged tandem hooks (the way I remember reading about it), originally designed as a trolling fly, and in that light I think it speaks for tradition. Besides its name, having landed a nine pound three ounce salmon the first day it was fished.
Nothing really wrong with John's list, the other thing I might do would be to replace the Muddler with one of Bill Edson's flies, the Edson Light Tiger.
And the Dr. Burke is also a beautiful streamer and a good fishing fly as well. So the discussion goes on...
But, it's hard, a real challenge, to come up with a more beautiful streamer than Lew Oatman's Brook Trout Streamer. So in a frame, excellent! Stunning! Beautiful! Gorgeous!
Nice question, thanks for asking!
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Posted 15 April 2010 - 05:05 PM
I'd have to agree, Don, on the Oatman Brook Trout as being perhaps the prettiest streamer ever designed. Of course, that stands to reason - being modeled after the prettiest fish ever to swim....
And for those who have the patience to tie them, and the courage to fish them, they do produce quite well (esp. on large brook trout).
Posted 16 April 2010 - 01:33 PM
i grew up during the 50's so i was influenced by oatman..
Posted 16 April 2010 - 05:28 PM
and i was gonna root for the devils....by the way how are they doing?...and don't start getting sloppy about teh rangers...i wasn't expecting anything.
is his why we fish?
Posted 16 April 2010 - 05:42 PM
Neither were they. Maybe that's the problem..... Hey, I heard Tortorella took Marion Gaborik fishing yesterday...but he wouldn't let him cast.
Devils are fine, as long as the refs don't keep letting the Flyers have extra men on the ice.