Ruined For Life – Part II

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

Part 1 of this article described the popularity, uniqueness and color choices of the famous “Intruder” streamer pattern for migratory salmon and steelhead. This installment goes into hook type, tying materials, and some aspects of the tie itself.

Pettijean Clips

We’ve discussed basic construction and color choices. So then…what materials? Original Intruders were tied leaning heavily on marabou, although it’s fragile stuff and thus not necessarily well suited to the rigors of multiple Chinook attacks, nor to icy winter steelhead conditions. Finn Raccoon and supple synthetic hair are preferable for durability, but using typical tying techniques they can lack the interesting look of discrete marabou strands each waving in the current. My solution is to use the Marc Pettijean super-clips to combine fine hair of various colors and types in a common dubbing loop. I can make just about any sparseness or clumpiness or mix I want…and with the added benefit that a single composite dubbing loop can apply such different materials and colors in one shot…so tying is efficient. I get good color, good movement, and really good fly durability. A little head cement at the base before winding the loop can’t hurt the ruggedness either. These clips take a little getting used to but you can do a lot with them.

Continue reading → Ruined For Life – Part II