Thanks! Yes, when I use a little more material than the original I'm keeping in mind that these tyers that created the patter had a method to their madness. Like the classic Clouser minnow sometimes they fish best when tied super sparse. The translucency mimics the reflective nature of your typical baitfish reflecting the color tones of its surroundings. Again, when I beef them up a bit I'm aware that I loose that translucency but I'm pushing a little more water and trying to get the fish to appeal to a chunkier meal. It's fun sometime to keep fishing a fly as it steadily looses its mass after a few fish chomp on it... getting sparser and sparser...
As a rod builder of over 20 years and ex-guide (Alaska to Patagonia and in-between) I've built up quite a collection of rods to choose from when it comes to throwing any size streamers. I'm on a mission lately to use more glass in an effort to get the ball rolling down here in Chile. It's a small market here but I think the percentage of glass rod users should be more that what it is. I posted in the Fishing With Fiberglass section my 8wt McFarland that I have used for fresh and salt. I also posted in the Rod Photos section photos of my Epic 686-3 which has been so fun to fish.... lots of species on that one!
I do look for lunkers with my bigger streamers too but it's not always a fun... I mean, until I hook one! A cool trick I've added to my minis is sliding an orange 6 or 8mm bead on the leader before tying on the fly. It turns these into egg sucking leaches! It's so cool to see in the water, and I do that with almost any color of mini dungeon...olive, tan, brown, black...
I don't recall what the Belgian cast is. Maybe I should look it up as I am part Belgian! hahaha,
Thanks for the comments! Cheers.
El Duderino wrote:
Great tie, Mike. Your version looks much better than the sparse mini sex dungeon produced by MFC.
I fish lots of articulated streamers for trout and bass, but 4 and 5 weight rods are a bit too light for my taste. My preferred rods for streamer fishing are the Epic 686, Steffen 6/7, and Steffen 7/8.
Galloup’s sex dungeon is an excellent pattern, but due to the combination of heavy lead eyes and bulky materials, it falls into the category of casting a wet sock, even with an 8 weight. The Belgian cast is key for casting these wet sock streamers.
The mini version of Lynch’s Drunk and Disorderly is one of my favorites for trout and bass. The regular version is about 6.5”, and the mini is around 4.5” - I’ve considered tying a slightly smaller version at 3.5”, but haven’t gotten around to buying the materials yet.
In addition to your point about downsizing flies for easier casting on lighter rods, I often downsize streamers just to catch more fish, especially when it comes to trout. With a 6” streamer, I’m hunting the biggest, most dominant fish in the river. By downsizing to 3-4” streamer, I’m able to be more inclusive of fish that might have been spooked by a 6” fly.