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February 01, 2012

Tying Articulated Streamers with the Fish Skull Shank

By Joe Cermele

You may recall a few months ago I ran a post about how much I just adore articulated streamers. They're pretty much all I use for trout these days. Well, after the Somerset Fly Show, I now also adore Fish Skull's Articulated Shanks. Check out the video. Fly tyers...this one's for you.

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from Koldkut wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Why not tie a rear portion of the fly on a size 4 long shank streamer hook, then put that hook directly into the fish skull shank and then tie on the shank? A guy could tie the same fly on a regular hook and put the snelled stinger hook directly off the hook shank to achieve the same.

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Koldcut, you can do that...tie a tail on a separate hook and link them together. I'm just a fan of the snelled version. I've tied these as you say, simply tying the mono to the eye of another hook and using the shank. However, I don't like/want double-hook flies, so rather than waste good hooks by cutting them off at the bend after the tie is complete, I'm digging these shanks.

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from Koldkut wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

You say tomato, I say tomato....er, just doesn't sound the same when it's typed.....

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from ckRich wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Hmmm... I hadn't seen those yet. I've got a few packets of cheap(but good quality) hooks from Wal-mart that I use for the front shank on these types of streamers. It doesn't hurt as much when you clip a cheap hook. However, I really like a lot of my double hook patterns and the action I get when connecting them with a heavy braid line.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Tell you why Koldkut, and I may be off here because I didn't read all the posts. The nice thing about an articulator, is just a need for a small "stinger" hook trailing. You get a big, lots of motion fly with not the weight of your size #4 long shank hook. Now you can cast it out there a distance. Same deal with tube flies...lighter, and easier to cast a big offering, but not as much action as the articulator. I still do not use them YET....never say never, because I feel I can still cast my streamers farther and more accurately when needed, and I will get the big predator to attack...but maybe not. I may heve to go there.

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from Koldkut wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Sayfu, I like to fish tubes, the hooks hold better IMO and the fish have no extra leverage to shake the hook.

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from bassman06 wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Hey Koldkut, saying "you say tomato I say mater works just as well, and everyone knows what you mean. mostly.

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from timromano wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

No wonder we get along so well Cermele. You dirty dirty streamer junkie.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Looks to me like the tier is using a REGAL vice,,,good taste that tier has. I've been tying for a number of decades now with a REGAL, and just as good as when I bought it..easiest vice to use I have seen, and half the price of some. But twer I?...I'd cover up those head wraps behind the conehead with some sparkley dubbing...but that would be my choice...good lookin fly.

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Go big or go home, Tim

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Bring big rod, or go home as well. Throwin a coneheaded double bunny fly ain't easy, even with an 8 wt.

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Ah, come on Sayfu. 7wt will turn that fly no problemo.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

jointed flies are still beyond my realm so far. good looking fly!

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Joe..could be done with a 7 wt. I would use my 7 wt. 9.5 fter. Rabbit, when it soaks up water, gets very heavy, much more so than marabou, now you add the conehead. Chuck and duck, and wear a helmet.

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from Koldkut wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Sayfu, I like to fish tubes, the hooks hold better IMO and the fish have no extra leverage to shake the hook.

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Ah, come on Sayfu. 7wt will turn that fly no problemo.

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from Koldkut wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

You say tomato, I say tomato....er, just doesn't sound the same when it's typed.....

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from Koldkut wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Why not tie a rear portion of the fly on a size 4 long shank streamer hook, then put that hook directly into the fish skull shank and then tie on the shank? A guy could tie the same fly on a regular hook and put the snelled stinger hook directly off the hook shank to achieve the same.

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Koldcut, you can do that...tie a tail on a separate hook and link them together. I'm just a fan of the snelled version. I've tied these as you say, simply tying the mono to the eye of another hook and using the shank. However, I don't like/want double-hook flies, so rather than waste good hooks by cutting them off at the bend after the tie is complete, I'm digging these shanks.

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from ckRich wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Hmmm... I hadn't seen those yet. I've got a few packets of cheap(but good quality) hooks from Wal-mart that I use for the front shank on these types of streamers. It doesn't hurt as much when you clip a cheap hook. However, I really like a lot of my double hook patterns and the action I get when connecting them with a heavy braid line.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Tell you why Koldkut, and I may be off here because I didn't read all the posts. The nice thing about an articulator, is just a need for a small "stinger" hook trailing. You get a big, lots of motion fly with not the weight of your size #4 long shank hook. Now you can cast it out there a distance. Same deal with tube flies...lighter, and easier to cast a big offering, but not as much action as the articulator. I still do not use them YET....never say never, because I feel I can still cast my streamers farther and more accurately when needed, and I will get the big predator to attack...but maybe not. I may heve to go there.

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from bassman06 wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Hey Koldkut, saying "you say tomato I say mater works just as well, and everyone knows what you mean. mostly.

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from timromano wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

No wonder we get along so well Cermele. You dirty dirty streamer junkie.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Looks to me like the tier is using a REGAL vice,,,good taste that tier has. I've been tying for a number of decades now with a REGAL, and just as good as when I bought it..easiest vice to use I have seen, and half the price of some. But twer I?...I'd cover up those head wraps behind the conehead with some sparkley dubbing...but that would be my choice...good lookin fly.

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Go big or go home, Tim

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Bring big rod, or go home as well. Throwin a coneheaded double bunny fly ain't easy, even with an 8 wt.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

jointed flies are still beyond my realm so far. good looking fly!

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Joe..could be done with a 7 wt. I would use my 7 wt. 9.5 fter. Rabbit, when it soaks up water, gets very heavy, much more so than marabou, now you add the conehead. Chuck and duck, and wear a helmet.

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