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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Low Brow Articulated Streamer Pattern

Fish like food - Feed them meat


low·brow
ˈlōˌbrou/
adjective
adjective: low-brow
  1. 1.
    not highly intellectual or cultured.

The Low Brow kind of just happened one day at the vise while I was covered head to toe in flash and craft fur.  I was in the middle of making a bunch of dubbing brushes, and I had an idea for a black, red, and blue brush a.k.a. Midnight Fire.  I wanted kind of a more neutral pattern that wouldn't sink quite as quickly as the Street Sweeper, and I also had an epiphany that I needed to tie more with silicone streamer legs in my flies.  Like the Street Sweeper, this pattern uses two different types of dubbing brushes, but it also adds the element of silicone legs, rabbit, and ballz-eyes at the head to make it move in the water a bit differently.  

For the flash part of these brushes I'm using the metallic colors of ice dub (which are very straight fibers) and ice wing fiber cut to 2" lengths.  The best way to cut up a bunch of ice wing fiber is to lay it on one of those fancy cutting boards and try to preen it all so it's all facing relatively in the same direction.  Then take a circular fabric cutter (yes, the cutters that look like razor sharp pizza cutters) and cut it all to the desired length.  Check out these videos to learn how to make great dubbing brushes.  HERE

Anyway, this is a really fun fly to tie, and you can tie them rather quickly if you make up several brushes in advance.

~Cheech



Midnight Fire
Back Section
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S #1 (+)
Thread: Danville's 140 - Red (+)
Tail: Zonker Strip - Black (+)
Legs: Silicon streamer legs - Black/chrome red (+)
Brush 1: Ice Dub - Red (+)
Brush 2: Ice Dub - Steelie blue (+)
Brush 3: Ice Wing Fiber - Black (+)

Connection
Articulation Wire (+)
Articulation Bead - Magenta fire (+)

Front Section
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S #1/0 (+)
Weight: Lead free wire - .030 (+)
Eyes: Ballzeyes - Anodized red size large (+)
Tail: Zonker Strip - Black (+)
Legs: Silicon streamer legs - Black/chrome red (+)
Brush 1: Ice Dub - Red (+)
Brush 2: Ice Dub - Steelie blue (+)
Brush 3: Craft Fur - Black (+)

Olive Gold
Back Section
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S #1 (+)
Thread: Danville's 140 - Yellow (+)
Tail: Zonker Strip - Olive Variant (+)
Legs: Silicon streamer legs - Speckled froggy green (+)
Brush 1: Ice Dub - gold (+)
Brush 2: Ice Wing Fiber - Minnow Back (+)

Connection
Articulation Wire (+)
Articulation Bead - Gator belly (+)

Front Section
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S #1/0 (+)
Weight: Lead free wire - .030 (+)
Eyes: Ballzeyes - Anodized green size large (+)
Tail: Zonker Strip - Olive Variant (+)
Legs: Silicon streamer legs - Speckled froggy green (+)
Brush 1: Ice Dub - gold (+)
Brush 2: Ice Wing Fiber - Minnow Back (+)
Brush 3: Craft Fur - Dark Olive (+)

Gold Red
Back Section
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S #1 (+)
Thread: Danville's 140 - Red (+)
Tail: Zonker Strip - Tan (+)
Legs: Silicon streamer legs - Sparkle sand (+)
Brush 1: Ice Dub - Gold (+)
Brush 2: Ice Dub - Red (+)

Connection
Articulation Wire (+)
Articulation Bead - Gold (+)

Front Section
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S #1/0 (+)
Weight: Lead free wire - .030 (+)
Eyes: Ballzeyes - Silver/Red size large (+)
Tail: Zonker Strip - Tan (+)
Legs: Silicon streamer legs - Sparkle sand (+)
Brush 1: Ice Dub - Gold (+)
Brush 2: Ice Dub - Red (+)
Brush 3: Craft Fur - Tan (+)

Other items used:
Loon Fluorescing UV resin (+)
Flush Cutters (+)
Streamworks Tungsten Scissors (+)
Stonfo Comb and Brush tool (+)
Zap-a-Gap super glue - thin (+)


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