Wiggle Whitey- Articulated Streamer

Cheech - March, 2017

Iwas on a solo mission to one of those spots on the river that exist on every piece of moving water in the country. It's the hole that you have looked at time and time again but never fish it because of whatever excuse you come up with. I had driven past this hole for years, and finally decided that it was time for me to figure out why it was taunting me so much. It was still pretty early and the light was low, but I could still decipher some oblong slithery movement hugging the rocks beneath the main current. On went the good old stonefly and worm rig with the Euro outfit and it didn't take long before my line was tight - super tight. I was sure that I had hooked the biggest brown I had ever hooked on that river until I saw it. Purplish flash on the back. Odd head wiggles. Yep. It was a whitey. I actually gained a lot of respect for Grandpa Whitey and all of his other family members that decided to fight with me that day, because of all the fish I caught in what is now one of my favorite stretches of river, the Whitey family fought the hardest. That good day of nymphing got me thinking about streamers and streamer design more than a little bit. I convinced myself that the only reason that whitefish were so damn slimy was to help them slide down the throat of a big hungry brown trout. I tie many of my streamers in a white, cream, or tan coloration, but I hadn't really tried to do something that was the dirty gray or white that matched a whitefish. Up to this point, I had just modified current flies to have a whitefish color, but this fly was built from the vise up with whitefish in mind... Tips... 1- With fox, less is more. Get comfortable with the amounts that you tie in and you will get it dialed in. 2- If you can, find someone that sells whole tails. Foxes of all types, coyote, raccoon, etc. It's all really good. I found mine at a gun show. #Murica 3- I used Whiting 4B rooster saddle, but Whiting American rooster saddle works great too - American Hackle ~ Cheech

Material List
  • Hook: Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper - 1
  • Hook: Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper - 1/0
  • Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - White
  • Wire: Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire - Black - Regular
  • Tail: Nature's Spirit Grizzly Variant Schlappen - Natural
  • Body: Medium UV Polar Chenille - Chartreuse
  • Body: Arctic Fisherman Blue Fox Tail Fur - White
  • Body: UV Polar Chenille - Gold
  • Flash: Holographic Flashabou - Holo Moonlight - 6946
  • Head: Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing - Alpha Wolf
  • Head: Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing - Cream
  • Eyes: 3D Big Fish Eyes - Super Pearl - 3/8" (10mm)
  • Marker: Chartpak Fly Tying Markers - Delta Brown (Dark Brown)
  • Marker: Chartpak Fly Tying Markers - Goldenrod
  • Weight: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Gold - 3/16" (4.6mm)
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
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

$6.50
UV Polar Chenille
UV Polar Chenille

UV Polar Chenille

$4.50
Medium UV Polar Chenille
Medium UV Polar Chenille

Medium UV Polar Chenille

$4.50
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier

Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier

$2.99
Holographic Flashabou
Holographic Flashabou
Holographic Flashabou

Holographic Flashabou

$4.99
Chartpak Fly Tying Markers
Chartpak Fly Tying Markers
Chartpak Fly Tying Markers

Chartpak Fly Tying Markers

$8.50
Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper
Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper

Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper

$7.50
Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire
Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire

Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire

$6.50
Nature's Spirit Grizzly Variant Schlappen
Nature's Spirit Grizzly Variant Schlappen

Nature's Spirit Grizzly Variant Schlappen

$7.99
3D Big Fish Eyes
3D Big Fish Eyes

3D Big Fish Eyes

$4.99
Arctic Fisherman Blue Fox Tail Fur
Arctic Fisherman Blue Fox Tail Fur

Arctic Fisherman Blue Fox Tail Fur

$5.99