Big and Juicy

A GetEmWet order ready to go out
I love giant streamers, and so do big fish. Ive gotten some criticism over the years for tying my articulated streamers the same way as my standard streamers, that is, with stinger hooks rather than standard hook or both. However, you can feel free to leave the long shank hook with the fly but in my experience I have found that I hook way more fish with the stinger than a standard long shank hook and the fish cannot use the long shank for leverage to work the hook free. In addition, several of my home waters have a single hook rule.
I started tying this pattern a few years ago when articulated streamers started seeing a big revival. It was around that time that I was getting into fishing streamers pretty heavily and I quickly realized the "big fly, big fish" rule. This fly moves plenty of water and has a ton of movement I fish it fast and erratic and its responsible for two of my top five fish.

Rear Portion
Hook: Blackbird Sabretooth #8
Hook Tether: PowerPro Braid 20lb
Tail Guard: Masons Hard Mono 20lb
Tail: Brown Barred Rabbit Strip - Olive
Body: Swishers Wiggly Hackle - Olive
Front Portion
Hook: Eagle Claw Aberdeen #2 (Will be cut off)
Hinge: PowerPro Braid 20lb with Trout Bead
Hinge Veil: Crosscut Two Toned Rabbit Strip - Black/Olive
Wing: Brown Barred Rabbit Strip - Olive
Body: Swishers Wiggly Hackle - Olive
Head: Deer Body Hair - Olive and Natural
Eyes: 3/16 Oval Pupil 3D Eyes - Pearl/Black

NOTE: this pattern is a Get Em Wet original, please give credit where credit is due.

1.Tie in the Tail Guard and the Hook tether making sure they are both tied in tightly. Once you've completed your wraps add a drop of super glue and a few securing wraps through the glue.

2.Peel back the fur from the section on your zonker tail that you want tied down and make several tight wraps one on top of the other. Once complete fold the hair backwards, lift the whole zonker strip skywards and tie several securing wraps right in front of the tie in point.
3.Tie in a piece of Swishers Wiggly hackle and begin wrapping forward toward the eye making sure to leave room to finish tying down the zonker at the end. As you wrap the wiggly hackle forward make sure you tease the fibers back so they are not getting trapped with each wrap.

4.Once the wiggly hackle is tied down, splay the fibers on top out to each side and pull the zonker down over the top and towards the eye. Make sure it is positioned directly on top and tie it down securely. Trim off the excess, build a neat thread head, and super glue the thread wraps to secure.

5.Loop a piece of PowerPro Braid through the eye of the rear section and slip a trout bead onto it, than tie in the braid on the front hook to secure it. Now the two sections should be tied together. Take the excess braid from the tie in and secure it all the way down the hook shank to just short of where the deer hair head will be.
6.Add a length of lead wire to give the fly some extra weight, wrap it around the shank neatly and tightly and than throw a few securing wraps around it. Add a drop or two of glue in between the lead wraps onto the thread you just layer down to hold the lead wire in place.

7.Tie in a piece of crosscut zonker at the rear of the front portion and make two or three forward wraps to give the fly some action and help hide the hinge. Make sure the wraps don't slip down onto the braid. It may help to put a light coat of glue where you will wrap the zonker to make sure they stay in place.

8.Take a piece of brown barred zonker, the same you used for the tail and clean a small section at the rear of the  piece. This piece will be tied in backwards, that is, we will tie the back of the zonker down directly on top of the tie down point for the crosscut that we just tied in.

9.Tie in another piece of Swishers Wiggly Hackle and wrap it forward so that about 1/3 of the hook shank is remaining. Tie it down tightly and remember not to trap any of the fibers as you wrap it.

10.Take the piece of zonker that we just tied in and bring it forward over the wiggly hackle and tie it down tightly. Try to do this neatly as possible so that the next steps which involve deer hair go smoothly.

11.Start spinning deer hair onto the shank beginning directly butting against the last tie down. Make sure each clump is stacked highly against one another and alternate the color of the deer hair with each clump that you tie in.

12.Trim the deer hair to a bullethead shape leaving behind the collar from the first clump. Once you've got it trimmed and the loose hairs under control, glue an eye to each side of the hook shank. Once you're sure those are sure add a drop right at the hook eye and the fly is complete.

NOTE: this pattern is a Get Em Wet original, please give credit where credit is due.

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