Stars of the Great Bugger Barn of Glory (or the GBBG)
Officially, the three streamers seen above are known as double screamers. My friend Bucko and I have devised our own names for each color variation. We refer to the pattern itself as "it". "it" is an articulated, approximately five-inch long conehead streamer available in a wide variety of colors.
The Original - black, olive, and silver
The Modified - red, yellow, rainbowy gold
The Modified enjoyed success on the Big Hole during the brown trout pre-spawn period. At one point, when fishing it in some backwater, I had three 16 to 19 inch browns following it. The 17 incher won.
The Rasta - white, red, yellow, green, and seasonally shiny tinsel
Someone in the fly shop where this fly was purchased, referred to it as The Traffic Light (red, yellow, green). We dubbed it The Rasta. I think Jimmy Cliff or Marley was playing on the way to Ennis. This color scheme saw great success on the Madison in November (see yukon goes to the madison). It was only recently discovered by myself and has not been used during any other period of time.
Flies that havent made it out of the GBBG
officially known as the Clarke's Rat - known personally as the 5-weight destroyer
Globs of Green
Kind of Brown
Articulated Rubber Legs of Crap
Excluded from the list of greatness are Kelly Galloup's famous streamers like the sex dungeon, the boogie man, the heifer groomer, and the articulated butt monkey. This is not a function of the gobs of animal fur not working. I just haven't had a chance to purchase any. Missoula's local shops do not carry his streamers and his shop was closed when I went down to the Madison in November. One of these days....one of these days.
What about your streamer box? What are your go to patterns? What do you regret buying or tying?