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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Kreelex variation

Maybe the easiest streamer in your box

Speckled Silver Kreelex Variation

The Kreelex fly designed by Chuck Kraft could almost be considered the holy grail of streamers because it's about as simple as it gets, and it is very very effective.  I started playing with this style of fly a little while back, but I used flashabou instead of the original Kreinik fibers because I wanted a bit more of a sparse profile.  For added kick, I also added a coat of powder paint to the barbell eyes and the eye of the hook.  Powder paint is guaranteed to help you catch 57.33% more fish, and it will also help you have 37.97% cooler looking flies in your box.  Also, 87% of all statistics are made up.  I just had to add that in there because someone will ask if the powder paint is absolutely necessary on this fly.  The answer is always no, but I think that there are times when a bit of added flair can help you in your fishing.  Powder paint is available in many different colors, and they can be a killer addition to barbell eyes, coneheads, etc.  I would just kind of avoid using it on smaller nymph bead heads because it will gum up the eye of your hook.  All in all, this fly can be tied in a bazillion color combinations, so get some hooks, flashabou, and powder paint and make some fish catchers.

~ Cheech 

*Also, I lost all ability to think while I was filming, so there are lots of speaking errors...  I blame Curtis' dog Pedro and his evil stare downs for the mistakes.



Hook:  Gamakatsu B10S #2 (+)
Thread: Danville 140 - Black (+)
Wire: UTC Small - Gold (+)
Paint: Powder Paint - Black Blue (+)
Barbell: Lead Barbell Eyes - Large (+)
Body1: Speckled Flashabou - Silver (+)
Body2: Dyed Pearl Flashabou - Dark Blue (+)


Hook:  Gamakatsu B10S #2 (+)
Thread: Danville 140 - Black (+)
Wire: UTC Small - Gold (+)
Paint: Powder Paint - Olive Gold (+)
Barbell: Lead Barbell Eyes - Large (+)
Body1: Speckled Flashabou - Gold (+)
Body2: Dyed Pearl Flashabou - Black (+)


Hook:  Gamakatsu B10S #2 (+)
Thread: Danville 140 - Black (+)
Wire: UTC Small - Gold (+)
Paint: Powder Paint - Black Red (+)
Barbell: Lead Barbell Eyes - Large (+)
Body1: Speckled Flashabou - Copper (+)
Body2: Dyed Pearl Flashabou - Orange (+)


  1. That is very cool adding the powder coating to those. First time I've ever seen that in a tying tutorial. That is badass.

  2. Powder paint is kinda cool. I actually spent a few bucks and did a DIY fluid bed not long ago tying a few jigs for a bass fishing buddy. Have any issues with the powder paint sticking to tungsten and gold type finishes?

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