Friday, May 29, 2009

The "Original" Nathan Streeter Fullback

Nathan Streeter's Fullback “The Original”
By Nathan Streeter
Source: Fly Tyer Magazine (August 1981)
Tied By: Larry O Jurgens
Hook: Dai-Riki #075 (Original was tied on Mustad 7948A Hooks)
Size: 8 ~ 20
Thread: Black 6/0 Danville Flymaster
Tail: Pheasant Tail Barbules
Optional Underbody: Black Yarn and/or Lead Wire
Body: Peacock Herl
Hackle: Brown
Shell: Pheasant Tail Barbules
Head: Tying Thread

Note: This fly should be tied thick and fat, e.g., a juicy morsel. This fly probably best represents a Dobsonfly Larva aka Hellgrammite, or a Dragonfly Nymph. It doesn’t seem to matter to the fish what is “supposed” to mimic but they have liked it for over 30 years that I have been tying and using it.

Step ~ Tying Instruction
1 ~ Start the thread behind the hook eye and wrap to above the hook point.
2 ~ Optional: Wrap a lead wire underbody and cover with thread and cement the wraps.
3 ~ Tie in a fairly large bunch of Pheasant tail barbules above the hook point for the tail and the shellback.
~~ Tail length equals the hook gape.
4 ~ Fold the barbules back and overwrap with thread to above the hook barb.
5 ~ Return the thread to in front of the folded barbules.
6 ~ Optional; Tie in the underbody yarn material.
7 ~ Tie in one saddle hackle feather by the by the butt with the fibers curved forward.
~~ The hackle barbules should be slightly longer than the hook gape.
8 ~ Tie in a large bunch of Peacock herls.
9 ~ Move the thread to behind the hook eye.
10 ~ Optional; Wrap underbody wool to 2 eye lengths behind hook eye. Tie in and cut off excess.
11 ~ Wrap the Peacock herls to 1 eye length behind the hook eye. Tie in and cut off excess.
12 ~ Palmer-wrap the hackle to 1 eye length behind the hook eye. Tie in and cut off excess.
13 ~ Cut off the hackle fibers on the top of the body or divide and force the hackle fibers down evenly on both sides of the body. Trim the hackle barbules even with the hook point if required.
14 ~ Pull the shellback over the body. Tie in and cut off excess
15 ~ Wrap and whip-finish a medium sized head.
16 ~ Optional; Apply water based head cement to the head/whip-finish.

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