Psycho Sunset Streamer

This fall I’ve been fishing a large lake with a healthy population of brown trout. Since these trout primarily are predatory, large streamers are the order of the day. I’ve had some success with my Rusty Strip Minnow but wanted a fly with a touch of even more provocative colours.

Being a sucker for traditional feather-wing streamers I made this new fly, and named it the Psycho Sunset Streamer. It´s in the ballpark with Mickey Finn, Chief Needahbeh and other orange/red streamer flies. I often find this a great colour combination for trout, sea trout and salmon late in the season – especially for days with slightly coloured water, dark skies, big waves and aggressive fish.

Anyway I will give it a try on an intermediate line or a sink tip on the drop offs near the lakeshore in the coming weeks. A large lake-living brown trout attacking a streamer fly is a sight that really gets my adrenaline pumping.

Whoa… I gotta get out tomorrow:0)



    Peter Stoltze

    (October 23, 2013 - 5:50 pm)

    Hi Michael,

    Nice fly! My recollection of the Chief Needahbeh comes from the fly posters from K.E. Flies in Vejle. The posters were all on my wall above my bed some 25 or 30 years ago. However, I have never tied nor fished this fly. Could be about to change…

    I like the look of the hook you’re using. Limerick bend and straight eye and 4-6 x long or something. What’s the model, perhaps Daiichi 2370 “Dick Talleur”?


    Michael Jensen

    (October 23, 2013 - 6:25 pm)

    Hi Peter,
    Thanks for your comment. And yep… I remember the KE-posters as well:0) I am really into streamers at the moment, mostly classic featherwings and squirrel tail hairwings. The hook I’m using on this particular fly is actually some old stock I’ve got from back in the 90’s when i was running a fly shop. It is a Mustad 36620 Streamer Hook. It is 6x long ring eye (not looped) and affectionately known as the Thunder Creek Streamer Hook (as used by Keith Fulsher).I don’t think you can find these anymore, but i can send you a little sample (I’ve got plenty), if you wan’t to try them out.

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