This video explains how to use rhea when tying streamers used for a variety of species in either fresh or saltwater.
*Please note – this video is not intended to show how to tie one specific pattern, rather it is to demonstrate several different applications and how/why they’re done.
We recommend using rhea in flies of all sizes, and encourage anglers to use them in patterns that use heron, marabou, faux hair, ostrich, and anything else that is used for length/movement. While rhea is famed for its length, remember that small, short and sparse flies can sometimes be even more appealing to fish, and so we encourage anglers to try using rhea in smaller, more traditional patterns as well.
Our rhea ranges between $8-$9 CDN, and we guarantee our feather quality, length/size, and low prices.
This is an SBS of Craig Riendeau’s Sonic Boom Fly by Kendall Osborn.
Got some fishing pals who love rattle flies. Toss up to me. But, the folks at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) have hooked an electrode to the ear nerve of some inshore game fish…and the little rattles some are so fond of got no response. VIMS says the fish cannot hear small rattles. BUT…VIMS says they CAN hear the bigger “clacking” rattles of BB size and larger, such as those found in some plugs.
So, time to toss the little rattles and make a big fish big rattle fly. Perhaps called the sonic boom!
Compare the rattles…..See the little one normally used?
Use heat shrink to attach the large rattle to the shank. This is pre-shrink….
After shrink it looks like this. You can add some glue and finish it better….This rattle will NOT come off!
Add some feathers….
Stack bucktail hollow-fleye style and finish it off. You get a big deceiver-style fly that makes a lot of noise. You can hear this fly across the room, even if you are deaf like me. Might be too loud and will scare the fish? This is on a 5/0 Gamma hook.
Yes a lot of work. Not an every day fly. But for a special fish that won’t eat anything else.
This video was made several years ago by William J. Meyer as a tribute to his father, Larry Zander. This is a beautiful video and I’m sure if you have seen it, you can watch it again and if not, you will enjoy it as much as I did.
I thought this looked like a simple tube fly especially if you are just beginning to tie tubes. See Ruben’s comments below. – Paul
This tube model is really effective in environments populated freshwater crabs , because they usually are a morsel coveted by the big fish of the place. In the Patagonian lakes and major rivers is one of the flies has been shown to be effective with large trout use with fast lines of type RIO DC, outgoing RIO , Teeny deep AirFlo Finder or sinking . In lakes are best shots monofilaments narrows as ” firing line ” because it is essential to have a fast sinking fly
While olive-colored results be more effective , you can tie in other colors depending imitate crab … brown , orange and black are generally those that complement our box.
Thread: UTC 70 or similar.
Tube: ProTube flexitube 40/10 or 40/40
Hook: Partridge Salar or similar
Tail: olive marabou , pearl polar flash and two tips a slim feathers of genetic rooster saddle cape grizzly olive
Body: olive cross cut rabbit strips.
Collar: a feather of rooster saddle dyed olive, with long and soft fibbers.