Hook: Straight-eye streamer hook, sizes 4 and 2.
Thread: Clear monofilament for tying the body,
and red 6/0 for tying off the head.
Body: Gold-embossed tinsel.
Underwing: Red and black bucktail, mixed
together and tied on top of the hook, and red
Belly: Yellow and white bucktail.
Wing: Brown bucktail.
Eyes: Small adhesive eyes.
1. Start the monofilament thread near the
end of the hook shank. Tie on a piece of
2. Wrap the tinsel up the hook shank to
form the body.
3. Mix together a few pieces of red and black
bucktail. Tie the bucktail on top of the hook.
4. I'm tying a slightly modernized version of
the classic Brown Trout Thunder Creek, and am
adding four strands of red Krystal Flash to
5. Clip a small bunch of natural brown bucktail.
Remove any short hairs from the bunch, and even
the tips. Tie the bucktail to the top of the
hook with the tips pointing forward.
6. Mix together two very small bunches of white
and yellow bucktail. Tie the bucktail on the
bottom of the hook with the fibers pointing
forward. Wrap the thread to the base of the
underwing. Tie off the monofilament thread and
clip. Start a spool of red thread.
7. You'll want to keep the bunches of bucktail
separate when you fold the material back to form
the wing and belly of the fly. It helps if you
apply a dab of dubbing wax on the tip of each
buch. Lightly twist the hairs when you apply
the wax. Don't get wax on the bucktail near
the hook shank; the last step is to coat the head
with epoxy, and the wax will prevent the glue from
clinging to the hair.
8. Fold the bucktail back to form the wing and
belly; make sure that the hairs cover the sides
of the head. Make two or three wraps of thread.
Pull the hair back to form a trim head, and
tighten the thread. Make three more firm wraps
of thread. Tie off the thread and clip.
9. Keith Fulsher covers of the head of a
Thunder Creek with two coats of varnish, and
then paints an eye on each side of the head. I
prefer using one coat of epoxy. Place an
adhesive eye on each side of the head. Coat
the head with five-minute epoxy.
10. The Brown Trout Thunder Creek is a
modern classic. I altered the pattern with
a few strands of Krystal Flash, adhesive
eyes, and an epoxy head. This pattern is
very durable, and has the streamlined
silhouette of a baitfish. ~ David Klausmeyer