Combed-Over twice

two options:
you can have your Comb-Over like this,

comb_over_minnow

or like this…comb-over

being predominantly bald (by choice) i can’t help with option no. 2 (it is sexy though… ) but if you’re interested in serious streamer design here’s another great tying video tutorial from Curtis Fry at Fly Fish Food.
contrary to what seems like a lot of anglers/tiers might think, creating a successful streamer is a little more involved than just sticking a whole bunch of materials on a hook. Curtis demonstrates several key elements that not only make this design more ‘fishable’ but also more ‘fishyable’.*

“When you’re tying flies that will imitate any sort of baitfish pattern, there are a few factors to consider. Among these factors is buoyancy, lifelike action/look in the water and also “castability”. The Comb-Over minnow is an example of how to incorporate a few of these aspects.”

amongst other goodies to learn in this great tutorial, be sure to take note of the way the back material is tied in evenly around the hook bend, how the head shape is secured by a little dab of UV resin without having to create a hard encased ‘bullet head’ and the use of thinning shears/scissors to finalize the fly and give it the perfect combination of taper, shape and translucency. the last being a very important aspect in my eye with flies made of synthetic materials, something that really makes them come alive. enjoy !

and if you’re in an ‘out-of the-box’ frame of mind, some invert the color scheme on flies of similar design to be able to visually track the fly. a pretty ingenious idea that brings up the possibility that predator fish, similar to those who like to attack a fish that has just taken a smaller one,  just might be more attracted to baitfish that swim upside-down !

Paul's 'usd' double-bunny* the ability to excite fish while simultaneously relaxing them so much they’ll simply open their mouths and blindly gob.

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The Brown Trout and the Mayfly

by Arnt Mollan at Mollan Media

here’s an absolutely gorgeous 49 minutes of magic to start off your week.  enjoy !

‘take me away…

to where there’s no worries, jobs, money, stupid emails and where everything’s pink, fluffy, chocolate-filled  and there’s fish everywhere.

this image gets me halfway there. thanks Aleksandar Vrtaric !