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Friday, January 8, 2016

Street Sweeper - Articulated Streamer Pattern

More brushes than a street sweeper


Street Sweeper



It's no secret that fish love to stick flashy things in their mouths.  Some of my most effective patterns are almost entirely made of flash because of how the fish react to seeing such a huge wad of shiny plastic strings.  The Articulated Trout Slider, and the Sparkle Minnow Variation are prime examples of flies that go above and beyond with flash... The Street Sweeper is no different.  It's kind of funny
Blue Halo + Street Sweeper = Rainbow
how it all works out too, because I have heard countless people that use little to no flash because they learned somewhere that flash should be used in moderation.  Well... I'd say that's true sometimes.  Just like it's true that other times your fly should look like a Las Vegas billboard advertising an all you can eat lobster and filet mignon buffet!  The Street Sweeper is the Vegas buffet of flies.  

I use two basic brushes on this fly, and the first one is very simple: gold and red ice dub.  The second brush uses gold and red ice dub, tan craft fur, and barred UV predator wrap.  the trick is to go kind of sparse with the craft fur, and cut the predator wrap fibers off the "stem" and lay them on the brush kind of sparsely.  I use one entire length of predator wrap on a 15" brush.  I'd recommend making up a bunch of these brushes before you start tying these.  For more information on how to make a dubbing brush, and a list of tools to make great streamer brushes, click HERE.











Gold
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S #1 (+)
Thread: Danville 140 - White (+)
Tail: Nature's Spirit Prime Long Marabou - Tan (+)
Body (in brush) Ice Dub - Gold (+)
Body (in brush) Ice Dub - Red (+)

Articulation beads - Ruby Red (+)
Articulation wire - (+)
Flymen fish spine shank - 15mm (+)

Hook: Gamakatsu B10S 1/0 (+)
Eyes: Fish Skull Living Eyes - Fire 8mm (+)
Tail: Nature's Spirit Prime Long Marabou - Tan (+)
Body (in brush) Ice Dub - Gold (+)
Body (in brush) Ice Dub - Red (+)
Collar (in brush) Ice Dub - Gold (+)
Collar (in brush) Ice Dub - Red (+)
Collar (in brush) Craft Fur - Tan (+)
Collar (in brush) Predator Wrap - Barred UV (+)




Silver
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S #1 (+)
Thread: Danville 140 - White (+)
Tail: Nature's Spirit Prime Long Marabou - Muskrat Gray (+)
Body (in brush) Ice Dub - Silver (+)
Body (in brush) Ice Dub - Red Red (+)

Articulation beads - Ruby Red (+)
Articulation wire - (+)
Flymen fish spine shank - 15mm (+)

Hook: Gamakatsu B10S 1/0 (+)
Eyes: Fish Skull Living Eyes - Ice 8mm (+)
Tail: Nature's Spirit Prime Long Marabou - Muskrat Gray (+)
Body (in brush) Ice Dub - Silver (+)
Body (in brush) Ice Dub - Red (+)
Collar (in brush) Ice Dub - Silver (+)
Collar (in brush) Ice Dub - Red (+)
Collar (in brush) Craft Fur - Medium gray dun (+)
Collar (in brush) Predator Wrap - Barred UV (+)

Chartpak black (+)
Chartpak Dark brown (+)
Tear Mender (+)
Loon Applicator bottle (+)
Cautery tool (+)
Loon Fluorescing Resin (+)
Streamworks 5" Scissor (+)

7 comments:

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  2. Love the fly- It's like a sparkle minnow on hgh. Very surprised when I saw the short shank in between- but very cool. Another sweet tie Cheech!

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  3. I love dubbing brushes. Rad use mix of materials. I can definitely see how this would be effective.

    How long does it take tear mender to dry and why would you use it over something like super glue for the eyes?

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    1. Tear Mender sets up rather quickly, but I usually leave them for a day before I fish them. The advantage of tear mender is that it's flexible when it's dry, so the eyes don't just pop off if they hit a rock or something.

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  4. I am a little slow, your gold and red dubbing looks more like chenille. Can you explain?

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    1. I made a dubbing brush out of them... It's basically the dubbing spun and bound together with wire. The video on how to do that is here http://www.flyfishfood.com/2015/10/craft-fur-dubbing-brush.html

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    2. I made a dubbing brush out of them... It's basically the dubbing spun and bound together with wire. The video on how to do that is here http://www.flyfishfood.com/2015/10/craft-fur-dubbing-brush.html

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