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Top Classic Streamers of All Time


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#1 andydochterman

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 12:44 AM

Some food for thought...If you guys were to make a top 5 of classic streamers of all time...what would they be? I want to make a shadow box display for a christmas present to my dad and thought some streamers would be fitting.

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#2 Isonychia

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 02:40 AM

I'd probably go with these, in no particular order:

Gray Ghost
Black Ghost
Muddler Minnow
Mickey Finn
Black-nosed Dace

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 08:55 AM

Andy: I think John's list is right on target as being the most popular streamers. If I wanted to represent one different style, i might eliminate the Dace and replace it with a Matuka or Spruce fly

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 02:01 PM

I agree that the list provided is solid. My only consideration would be is there a streamer you associate with your Dad? I tend to think of the Nine Three, Supervisor, Hornberg, and the Gray Ghost when thinking about my Dad. These are the first streamers I recall seeing as a child. Good luck with the project.

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 02:18 PM

QUOTE (Isonychia @ Apr 8 2010, 10:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd probably go with these, in no particular order:

Gray Ghost
Black Ghost
Muddler Minnow
Mickey Finn
Black-nosed Dace

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You beat me to it. Those were exactly the five that I came up with.
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#6 streamertyer

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 05:35 PM

John's list is indeed solid.

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
10. tie
Joe's Smelt 14
Leech pattern 14
Zonker (various) 14

11. Little Brook Trout 12
12. White Marabou 10
13. Picket Pin 9
14. tie
Light Spruce 8
Magog Smelt 8
Montreal Whore 8
Nine Three 8
Royal Coachman Bucktail 8
Woods Special 8

15. Supervisor 7
16. tie
Edson Light Tiger 6
Golden Darter 6
Governor Aiken 6
Ripogenus Smelt 6

17. tie
Barnes Special 5
Chief Needabeh 5
Ligget Special 5
Yellow Marabou 5

18. tie
Footer Special 4
Pink Lady 4
Tricolor 4
Trout Fin 4
Warden's Worry 4

19. tie
Family Secret 3
MacGregor Bucktail 3
Shushan Postmaster 3
Teal Strip 3
White Ghost 3

20. tie
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

#7 andydochterman

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 10:49 PM

Thanks everyone. My dad is a big Don and Dan Gapen fan, so the muddler is at the top of my list. He is a vietnam vet from the Airforce, so a General MacArthur or Gray Wolf's Spirit of 76 is in order.There are so many beautiful streamers out there, I don't know if I will be able to limit myself to 5. I have the Tying Classic Freshwater streamers by Klausmeyer and Streamer fly tying and fishing by Joseph Bates, so those give me inspiration.
Take'er Eazy

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#8 Don Bastian

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 04:48 PM

Gut reaction:

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...

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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

Re: 9-3 -- a pattern a lot of people know and use. Unfortunately, also a pattern that is often tied incorrectly.


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).

http://sites.google....woatmanpatterns

#10 ted patlen

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 01:33 PM

i didn't read anyones list ...here are my picks

i grew up during the 50's so i was influenced by oatman..

male dace,
silver darter,
grey ghost,
micky finn
black ghost



#11 streamertyer

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 01:36 PM

Not to question you Ted, but Oatman wasn't born until the 1900's. tongue.gif

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 05:28 PM

QUOTE (streamertyer @ Apr 16 2010, 08:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not to question you Ted, but Oatman wasn't born until the 1900's. tongue.gif



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?

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 05:42 PM

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don't start getting sloppy about teh rangers...i wasn't expecting anything.


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.