WELL Merry Christmas and to all the streamer addicts here is finally the Dally’s Lap Dancer streamer.
“You have to pay good money to get something to wiggle like that”
The Lap Dancer is another way point on the search for predator seducing, wounded baitfish patterns originally for our White River Trophy brown trout. But the injured fish swimming style of the Lap Dancer is equally at home for largemouth, or smallmouth, musky & pike (tied in larger sizes), stripers and more.
I took it to the Missouri in October and the browns liked it, and my mate Miles Nolte guided with it on the Yellowstone in the spring to good effect.
But this is definitely a fly for a sinking line on our rivers in the low to moderate flows. On big water you might switch to a deeper running pattern. Vary your retrieves according to river speed, or lack thereof if you are fishing stillwaters.
Our most productive colors are yellow over olive, rainbow trout (olive; white and a cerise highlight) and cutthroat (brown over ginger). But I have a trick fire tiger and and a dirty water version. At this point it looks like the fly could be commercially available via Rainy’s Flies in 2015.
Dally’s Lap Dancer
Rear Hook: Gamakatsu B10S #1
Thread: Wapsi UTC 210
Tail: 2 or 4 Saddle Hackles depending on quality
Underbody: Palmer Chenille
Flash: Krystal Flash; Flashabou Mirage; Grizzly Accent Click Here
Rear Articulation 20mm Fishskull Articulated Shanks
Front Articulation 50# mono
Beads: Dally’s Streamer Balls 6mm metallic beads.
Lead: .030 Lead Wire
Swimming Hackle: Grizzly saddle narrow