Predators on the fly: A Perky Streamer for Perch

//Written by Rainer Ballin & Leonard Schoenberger
//Photography by Rainer Ballin



In recent years I have developed techniques in tying effective patterns for pike, perch, pike perch, sea trout and co. In the first part of the predator series I want to introduce one of my favorite patterns for perch.

 

Fishing the perch streamer:

 

The small streamers are ideally fished with a #6 or #7 fly rod. Due to the sparse material and the slim form, the streamer is even fishable on a #5 rod. Although the streamer is aimed at catching perch it just as well attracts asp and pike perch. It can also be used to fish for trout in flowing water. In this case it’s useful to tie the streamer upside down, with extra weight. There is no limit in experimenting with colors, however, top decors have proven to be perch and white fish imitations and a shock variant.


To change the action of the streamer, you can add some extra weight in the head area, then the streamer tilts more over the head. I always head to the water with a wide selection of streamers with different color options and weighted and unweighted versions. To effectively fish the streamer, I usually use an intermediate or sinking line. In very shallow areas, of course, a floating line works as well.


Due to their structure and their slim profile, the small streamers can be cast easily and stripped in at different speeds. It’s best to attach the leader with a loop knot to the eye of the hook so that the streamer has maximum freedom of movement.

 

This is how my perch streamer is tied step by step:

 

Streamer_01

 

Place the thread on the shank and tie in the stiffest possible synthetic fiber material. This helps to stabilize and prevents tailing of the long fibers. The thread can be fixed now and then with super glue. That never hurts.

 

Streamer_02

 

Add multiple layers of craft fur and polar hair. You already have to make your choice regarding colors at this point. Form a uniform body with the thread and the material and then integrate the body floss. This saves material and the streamer gets a translucent silhouette in the water.

 

Streamer_03

 

In the next step more craft fur will be integrated on top of and below the shank. On top longer, below the shank short and only to the bend of the hook. If you want, add some glittering material to the fur.

 

Streamer_04

 

Tie in the laser dub above and below but not on the sides so that the streamer keeps a narrow profile. Pay attention to the order of the different colors. The color that should be at the top in the end is tied in first. Through different color combinations you can achieve impressive results. Tighten the thread and fix it.

 

Streamer_05

 

When the material is tied in in the correct order, smooth it out with a comb and your fingers. Fix the material with the thread, behind the eye of the hook. If lead is to be tied to the head, it is important to use as little thread as possible so that it does not get too bulky.

 

Streamer_06

 

Finally, place the head knot, fix the eyes with superglue and form a head using UV resin. I add fly tying powder to the glue to color it. As a last step, the entire head is covered with nail polish. That makes the head more durable.

 

Streamer_07

 

Color variations:

 

Streamer perch VIII

 

Streamer perch IX

 

List of materials:
Hook: Gamakatsu F314, size 2 – size 4 works as well.
Tying thread: Dyneema 12/0

Slinky fiber or similar material
Polar hair
Craft fur
Body material such as floss or mylar piping
Senyo’s Laser Dub
UV Cure Resin + Loon Tying Powder
3D eyes
colored pencils

 

Check out Rainer’s work here:

 

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