Here’s an example for an articulated pike streamer, which is easy to cast, because we try to create volume without putting to much material into the fly. To much material makes the just inflexible (and expensive ;-) )
I used for this pattern the new articulated shanks from the Flymen Fishing Co. in 35mm to get the right movement and position of the hook.
- Hook: Gamakatsu SL 12 S # 4/0 (be carefull, they are soooooo sharp!)
- Articulated Shank: 35mm from Flymen Fishing Co.
- Tail and Wing: Arctic Fox chartreuse and black
- Feather: Green Grizzly Hackle
- Body: Ice Dub Pearl
- Flash: Krinkle Mirror Flash pearl and Flashabou Mirage Saltwater
- Eyes: Hareline fluo yellow
- UV-Resin: Bug Bond
Put the hook into the vise, do some turns with your thread and tie in the fox as tail and some strands Flashabou Mirage.
Split your tying thread or form a dubbing loop and put the ice dub between and twist it. Then brush it with your velcro and wind it around the hook shank.
Tie in some fox with the tips pointing to the hook eye, cut the waste, put again some dubbing between the thread, twist it and wind it to the front. Then go with the thread between the fox hair to the hook eye.
Push the fox hair with an empty pen towards the hook bend. Then tie in a green grizzly hackle on each side and some strands of krinkle mirror flash. Whip finish and secure with super glue.
Attach the hook with the articulated shank and put the shank into your vise. Then close the gap with a strong thread and super glue (the little pearls on the thread) to fix the hook. This will hold forever!
Create another dubbing hank and wind it around to create a little bump. Then tie in a bunch of artic fox on the hook shank and a bunch underneath. Comb the hair carefully. Another dubbing hank will follow.
Tie in two green grizzy hackles and some krinkle mirror flash. Then comb a bunch of black arctic fox and tie it in like shown on the picture. Trim away the waste and do some rounds with dubbing and do a quick whip finish secured with super glue.
Push the black fox backwards, attach the eyes and secure the whole head with Bug Bond.
That’s it! Ready to go. Have fun with the pikes!