I first heard of Triple Threats a little over a year ago while I was fishing around the Titusville, Pennsylvania area. My wife's family is from this area, and we try to visit a few times a year. One thing that I always look forward to is getting to fish Oil Creek and some of the surrounding streams in the area. Last year in May we went up for my wife's aunt and uncle's 25th anniversary party and stayed a few days. I took my fly rod with the hopes of catching one of the hatches that Oil Creek is famous for. However, when we arrived there had been several days of wet weather and Oil Creek was too high and muddy to fish. I went to the local fly shop, Oil Creek Outfitters, to ask if there were any other options since I wasn't familiar with many streams in the area. Mike Laskowski, the owner of Oil Creek Outfitters, gave me some advice on where to fish in some smaller streams that weren't as affected by the high water. He also was kind enough to show me how to tie the Triple Threat streamer, a fly pattern that he had originated. He explained that he named the fly the Triple Threat because it was effective on trout, bass, and steelhead. I feel like this fly will be effective on almost any fish that preys on small minnows.
|PA brown trout on a Triple Threat - my introduction to this fly|
What few fish I was able to catch on that trip were caught on these streamers, and I have had success with bass and trout both since then. I haven't personally caught any steelhead on these or anything else, but a trip to the Lake Erie tributaries is definitely on my list for the future!
|Crappie like them too!|
I wanted to give the background on this fly before I posted the recipe in order to give credit where it is due. I didn't want anyone to get the impression that this is an original design of mine, although it sure has helped me catch fish! If you're a fly tier give this one a try, I think you'll like it.
I apologize if the pictures aren't the best, this is one of my first attempts at photographing flies. Hopefully it will get better!
Recipe and Instructions below the jump
Thread - 6/0 Color of your choice
Hook - Size 8 2XL Streamer Hook
Head - 7/16" Cone Head (Gold or Silver depending on body colors)
Body - 3 different colors of Polar Fiber
Step 1: Place a conehead on the hook and start thread behind the head. Wrap thread about 1/4 of the way back.
Step 2: Select the color of Polar Fiber for the top of the fly, comb out the underfur, and pull out the longer fibers so that you are left with a clump of fiber approximately 2x the hook shank. Tie the Polar Fiber in facing the eye of the hook.
|This is a front view of Step 4|
For trout I like using a grey top, gold middle, and light tan belly. For smallmouth I have had success using a fly with a blue top, purple middle, and white belly.
Thanks for stopping by!
Disclaimer: I am not associated in any way with Oil Creek Outfitters other than being an occasional customer when I'm in the Titusville area, and I did not receive any compensation in any way for mentioning them in this post. I just try to give credit where I feel that credit is due.