Toothless Dragon Slider

Cheech - May, 2019

The Articulated Trout Slider is by far my favorite articulated streamer (Sorry Cheech Leech)... In my opinion, there are two magical elements to the ATS - a tight packed deer hair head with hair on only one side, and body material that creates maximum movement. For most of my sliders, I use ice dub for the body because some of the colors, like gold, silver, chocolate brown, and copper, are straight and very supple. For the heads, I have been playing with a completely flat head, and it accentuates the "wobble" of the fly that makes it so deadly. I was preparing for a trip for Brookies so I wanted a jet black fly with minimal flash. I played with a few body styles until I settled in on a stacked marabou body, and just plain Jane chenille, in fact, I don't think I have tied with plain black chenille in over 10 years. Once I had some tied, my daughter came in to my tying room and said that they looked like the dragon from the movie "How to Train Your Dragon" and she was dead on... Sine then, it was named the Toothless Slider, and it did it's job exceptionally well in a stream full of picky brookies in Argentina. Play with colors, and head shapes until you dial it in the way you like to fish!

Material List
  • Hook: Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper - 2
  • Hook: Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook - 4
  • Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - Black
  • GSP Thread: Veevus GSP - White - 200 Denier
  • Bead: 3D Articulation Beads - Black
  • Eyes: Double Pupil Lead Eyes - Large - Black w/ Yellow & Black
  • Connection: Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire - Black - Regular
  • Tail/Body: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou - Black (UV)
  • Body: Chenille - Medium - Black
  • Head: Nature's Spirit Deer Belly Hair - Black
  • Beard: Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing - Black
  • Tools Used: C&F Design Tying Comb, Peak Hex Hair Stacker - Magnum, Loon Razor Scissors - 5", Loon Ergo Bobbin,
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing
Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing
Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing
Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing

Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing

$2.95
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou

Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou

$3.95
Nature's Spirit Prime Marabou - Long
Nature's Spirit Prime Marabou - Long
Nature's Spirit Prime Marabou - Long
Nature's Spirit Prime Marabou - Long

Nature's Spirit Prime Marabou - Long

$3.50
Double Pupil Lead Eyes
Double Pupil Lead Eyes

Double Pupil Lead Eyes

$4.50
Gamakatsu B10S
Gamakatsu B10S

Gamakatsu B10S

$23.50
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier

Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier

$2.99
Veevus GSP
Veevus GSP

Veevus GSP

$4.25
Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook
Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook

Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook

$5.50
Nature's Spirit Deer Belly Hair
Nature's Spirit Deer Belly Hair
Nature's Spirit Deer Belly Hair
Nature's Spirit Deer Belly Hair
Nature's Spirit Deer Belly Hair

Nature's Spirit Deer Belly Hair

$4.50
Wapsi Strung Blood Quill Marabou
Wapsi Strung Blood Quill Marabou

Wapsi Strung Blood Quill Marabou

$3.00
3D Articulation Beads
3D Articulation Beads
3D Articulation Beads

3D Articulation Beads

$4.50
UV2 Marabou
UV2 Marabou
UV2 Marabou
UV2 Marabou

UV2 Marabou

$5.50
Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper
Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper

Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper

$7.50
1oz Master Pack: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
1oz Master Pack: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
1oz Master Pack: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
1oz Master Pack: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
1oz Master Pack: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou

1oz Master Pack: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou

$13.25