What About Waldo? And A Cool Streamer...


Now I've got a super cool pattern for you today. I mentioned this one a couple of weeks ago, and we did a pattern by cliff Adams. If you recall cliff was born in Kansas was a World War ii veteran settled in Oregon. And the pattern we did a couple of weeks ago was called cliffs done.

So today's pattern is called the waldo streamer. Now I don't think it had anything to do with the where's waldo cartoon books from a few years ago. I think he named this one after waldo lake in Oregon. Now, waldo lake is a high.

Mountain lake it's known for its crystal clear waters, which unfortunately means there's not a lot of nutrients in it, not a lot of insect life. So it's never been considered a prime fishery. But from what I can tell the fish in it do get huge I'm talking some lake brook trout and landlocked sockeye salmon. And while cliff may have done great with this pattern for those fish. I see no reason why this won't be a great pattern for all kinds of species. I think it would be a great steel head. Fly, maybe a small mouth bass fly or a big mouth, bass, maybe tie it in a little smaller size, it's going to be a great trout streamer.

But this was really a fun pattern. No exotic materials, no advanced techniques, but it just looks really cool. I certainly had a good time tying it. I think you're going to like it let's give it a shot. So there it is a waldo streamer, pretty cool looking pattern kind of like this color scheme. Now the recipe says sizes are four to ten, and I'm going to add on the big end, I'm. Gonna go with a four let's, go ahead and pinch the barb right here.

And you could tie this on a streamer hook, certainly three x long, streamer hook would be great I'm, going to go ahead and tie it on a salmon hook. I think it looked pretty cool and that's what they had in the book. And I am stepping my thread up. This is a 140 denier in black. I want to catch it in right behind that eye band you see that. And if you can, you know, smooth out that little transition there go for it, but I don't think it's that.

Big a deal just take the thread base back to the start of the bend. And now this next part is its the body, but also a tail and kind of underwing it's, just green crystal flash. If you have something that's, all green, yeah, use it if not just use something that is predominantly green and let's catch it on right here. Here's.

What I've been doing the pattern, the picture in the pattern you can't, necessarily tell how they did this part. I think this is probably as good a way as any just catch it in. Facing back, and we're going to wrap it up forward in a second, but before I do that, and I did not do this on that other one I'm going to put a small drop of superglue. Right here. Now I didn't do that last time, and I don't know how important that is, but I just think anybody that's made out of, you know, wrapped crystal flash is not going to be all that durable. So I'm kind of giving this a little spin here as I wrap it up. And if I have some black thread showing underneath I'm, not really going to.

Worry about it, because a lot of this body is going to be covered up by some white bug tail here, shortly okay. Now, when you get the length of your body catch this off way up front and make sure you catch it off on the top, because what we do next is we fold it back over. And this is, you know, kind of you can call it an underwing, or maybe just a middle part of the wing because we're going to have white bug tail under it and over it. So I'll, go ahead and snip. This just a little past the bend of the.

Hook now I'm going to take a decent sized clump of white bug, tail, put this in my stacker and catch this in on the bottom let's see how well that stacked probably not all that well, but I don't think that's a huge deal here. And the length of this is a little past, the bend of the hook kind of straddling that point right there just right in the middle. So I need to go a little longer than that right there. I think that's going to be just fine and let's catch it in right here.

Okay, I do want this. White kind of laying flat close to the side of the hook. So I think that's going to work right?

There, go a couple of tight wraps forward. Now, I'm just going to try and smooth that little lump out right there before I take my thread back let's. Go a couple wraps back, just try to keep that get that white up a little closer to our body. I think that looks fine right there. Now let's take an about the same size, maybe just a little bigger, clump of brown buck tail. Now, before I wrap this one, I do. Usually put a little of wax on here when I'm wrapping a buck tail on the top like that, I didn't underneath, and I think we're fine like that.

And I almost didn't put this one in the stacker, but it was just a little too uneven without doing it. So I've got in the stacker here, and that one didn't come out very well, let's see how it looks all right. I think we're going to be fine with this right? There, it's a little uneven on the end, but I don't mind that at all. So what I'm going to do I'm going.

To catch it in at least as long as the white, maybe just a tad longer. And for this one, I am going to do this little trick right here where I put one wrap just around the buck tail, and then a pinch wrap around the buck tail and the hook. And if I do this right with any luck, it will stay on top of the hook, this clump of hair, well. And this one it is on top of the hook, but it's, laying a little lower than I want. So what I'm going to do here?

I put one more tight wrap, right there just to hold it, but lift. This buck tail, not the crystal flash just try to get your buck tail right here. The brown one. And now let's put a wrap right up under it. And this will usually help prop that up just a little more there we go. I think that's going to be fine right there. I can go forward with a couple more tight wraps and then snip this excess off.

Now, if you can get a little taper, when you're snipping that that's, probably a good thing, it will help you keep this head smooth. When you wrap it up, if not I wouldn't. Worry too much about it, I'm going to use a few wraps right here to just try and get a smooth area right here where we're going to wrap this hackle now for the hackle, just bread, whatever you have in red I'm using a rooster that's, fine we're, not putting a lot on here.

It's not going to be, you know, too stiff. So I'm, just creating a little catching point right there. A couple of wraps right here to secure it. Okay, that's going to be fine a few more for good measure before I snip off the front now. I'm going to try and leave my thread a little back, and where I think I'm going to catch off this hackle here, and I'm going to try and get at least three, maybe four wraps.

But if you think about it, where we're wrapping this, this head is pretty thick. So each thread wrap, or each hackle wrap is using possibly three eighths of an inch or so of the feather. So I think that's four wraps right, there, let's, go ahead and try to catch this off zigzag it through a little. We got a few going forward. Right here, but I think we can clean those up I'm just going to pull these back and then work on my head. And if I end up with these red, this red collar hackle swept back a little I'm perfectly fine with that.

I think it will look pretty good, but let's, just try and clean this up and build as big a head as you want. Okay, I think that's going to be fine right there, let's whip finish it and see if we have any cleanup, I think we're, fine, right? There I'm, not going to worry about any cleanup I'm going to. Put a drop of UV resin up there and call this one done. So there you go, the waldo streamer, pretty cool looking pattern. I think that's going to fish well for many species. So thanks for watching everybody, you all take care.

We'll. See you next time.

Dated : 05-Apr-2022

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