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Blue Olive Chickabou Streamer

This streamer generally is patterned after a similar fly the late Jack Gartside tied on larger hooks with marabou and mallard flank. Exceptions to the original pattern include being tied in smaller sizes with Whiting chikabou and finished with lemon woodduck flank. Paired Whiting Americal rooster feathers are added to the body, a bead head may be added for weight and the fly may be tied on Daiichi's standard wet hook or their heavy jig hook if weedless is desired. The pattern has proved to be very productive for taking largemouth bass, several species of bream and black crappie in the warm waters near Tallahassee, FL.

  • Hook: Daiichi 1550 or 4640, Size 14 – 10
  • Thread: Black Danville 6/0 or Veevus 8/0
  • Body: Two Paired White or Badger Whiting American Rooster Cape Feathers, Six Strands of Crystal Flash, One Olive and One Kingfisher Blue Whiting Chickabou Feathers with One Lemon Wood duck Flank.
  • Head: Black Thread (Bead Head Optional) and Sally Hansen Hard As Nails or Loon Hard-Head Clear for Finish

Tie the pattern as Follows:

Note: The following instructions are provided for tying the pattern on the standard wet or jig hook without a bead head. A bead head would be the first step should one be used.

1. Bend the barb down as the hook is placed in the vise and start the thread with a jam knot behind eye and wrap in touching turns to hang from shank opposite hook point.

2. Select one pair of matching rooster feathers, measure length to be twice shank length and strip barbs from feather shaft. Hold feathers between opposing fingers and tie in over bare feather shaft and at hook point. Feathers may be tied in back to back or front to front if you prefer that they flair outward. Wrap thread to approximately half way to eye while holding feathers in place to maintain alignment. Tie in three strands of crystal flash on near side of shank, fold over to far side and tie in by wrapping thread back to rear tie in point. Crystal Flash should be just short of feathers.

3. Prepare one olive and one kingfisher blue chickabou feather by removing short barbs from the shafts. Tie in the olive feather by tip with top forward, wrap forward as a typical soft-hackle and tie off. Tie in the blue feather by tip in front of olive feather, wrap forward and tie off in same manner. Thread should hang approximately two eye widths behind eye.

4. Select one lemon wood duck flank feather and prepare similar to the chickabou feathers. Tie wood duck feather in by tip in front of blue chickabou and wrap forward as a soft-hackle. Thread should hang approximately one eye width behind hook eye or bead head if used.

5. Wrap thread in touching turns forward to eye and rearward to form a desired head shape. Finish with wraps to back of head, whip finish forward and apply finish of choice, depending upon whether a bead head is used.

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