you can have your Comb-Over like this,
or like this…
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 !
* the ability to excite fish while simultaneously relaxing them so much they’ll simply open their mouths and blindly gob.
probably more fun than tying or fishing them, the greatest joy with this awesome streamer pattern is yelling
at the top of your lungs when approaching a likely big-fish holding spot. this seemingly counter-intuitive act puts the bigger fish in a prime eating mode and also chases away any other angler for miles around. (nothing’s worse for good fishing mojo than say, having a casting instructor observing your style from behind a bush with the ensuing silent tsk, tsk critiquing). the unsuspecting angler may not see or hear anything but as we all know, negative vibes are the real cause of tailing loops !
having a hard time finding out the actual creator of this pattern, i’ll go sheep-like and simply bleat that it’s origins originate in New Zealand (the land of sheeps) and was devised as a bait fish imitation to match well, the local baitfish.
it’s particular shape comes from the use of two feathers, carefully prepared, trimmed to form and tied in back to back on top of the hook shank. that in itself doesn’t seem to be so unique as it apparently has been part of much older salmon patterns and we’ll also readily find flies of the same name tied in with a rabbit fur (or other similar fur strip) instead of hackles so, what seems to me is the Matuka style can mostly be attributed to the fact that whatever the ‘wing’ is made of, it’s held in place by the rib starting by the back of the fly and wound towards the front.
anyway, in what is by far the prettiest, neatest and over-all yummiest version of this pattern i’ve ever seen, Monsieur Barry Ord Clarke shares with us a great step-by-step of this version with all of the finer points in making a not-only beautiful but successful fly worthy of presenting to a bigun‘.
as suggested, don’t hesitate to mix and match other materials to suit your needs and get ‘just the right profile’. one recommendation though, be anal with the feather preparation and symmetry as this greatly affects how the fly swims and tracks through the water.
click either pic to access the step-by-step. enjoy !
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