The Tequeely Streamer

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Photo by Bob Reece

Photo by Bob Reece

By Bob Reece

Some patterns simply brighten up a fly box with their aesthetics.

Hopefully, if they’re in your box, their visual appeal is matched by their effectiveness. This tandem of traits is true for the Tequeely streamer.

After extensive research I was unable to find the creator of this pattern. I’ve heard stories of it originating in Montana as an imitation of newly hatched baby birds that would frequently fall from their streamside nests. Regardless of whose mind it came from or its original purpose, the fact remains that it works. On the freestone waters of Colorado and Wyoming that I fish, May through early July typically produces higher water that carries some color.    Flash reigns supreme in these conditions. Yellow marabou and rubber legs along with a reflective body, turns this streamer into an underwater beacon. The gold bead only adds to this and provides the needed weight to punch this pattern through the surface film.

While its imitational intentions remain clouded, the results that this streamer produces do not. Its combination of traits trigger a response in dominant fish, particularly large browns.  However, its uses since inception have reached numerous species of fish. If you’re in search of a flashy producer for you streamer arsenal, add this bling filled bug to your box.

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6 thoughts on “The Tequeely Streamer

  1. that’s one of the patterns I put in the category of “fish pisser-offer”. I think they work because fish see it and are like “what the hell was that?! Im gonna kill it”

  2. Holy Crap
    Even if they dont work on your home waters, a few of those will
    scare your friends out of your streamer box when you are not looking.

  3. I tie something similar, but swap yellow for orange and it does great! It might hit at crayfish just a little more as well…

  4. Bob – the creator of this pattern is Kim Keeley from Victor, ID. Check out Snake River Flies by Boots Allen for a reference.

  5. The one time that I used this on the White in AR I used a two ft 12# leader on full sink line (~20,000 cfs current)& brown trout inhaled it in the top water column during stripping… not exactly simulating a struggling crayfish. Its unweighted character makes it hard to” jig” in ferocious current for those trying to simulate a crayfish by bottom-fishing it.
    Wonder if anyone ties it with lead(conehead, etc.) in order to achieve such action.
    A great fly.

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