Spring Bonus: The Living Flies of Kelly Galloup

Fish 'em for big trout.

  • By: Greg Thomas
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In the Spring 2010 issue of Fly Rod & Reel, Montana-based streamer maniac Kelly Galloup talks about the designs of his living streamer flies (the Sex Dungeon is seen here):

He says: "The articulation in my flies is based on a back-and-forth and side-to-side S-swim, which is the way prey-fish swim, and that is a trigger-point for big trout.

If you combine the side-to-side movement with tipping up and down, it’s even better. I try to create flies that offer multiple trigger-points so a fish says, 'I’ve got to ‘Eff’ this thing up.'

"You’ll still catch fish throwing Buggers and other streamers and you may get lucky and catch a good trout, but you won’t trigger a response from the really big fish that someone with a more aggressive multiple trigger-point fly would. You would be limiting yourself, missing an opportunity to see more and bigger fish by only fishing the standard streamers."

Galloup also helped Scientific Anglers design the new Streamer Express line, made to order for fishing these living streamers.

 

"The big misconception is that these lines are heavy. They’re made out of tungsten and they are not heavy, but they are skinny and fast. For the most part I fish in less than 18 inches of water, but these lines allow me, depending on the retrieve, to fish from four inches below the surface to four feet below the surface," he says. "The heads on these lines are long, 40 feet on the 200-grain Streamer Express, which is designed for a 6-weight rod. That allows me to pick up these flies quickly and, ironically, the beginners who try these lines cast better than they do with floaters. In addition, that long head keeps the fly at the same depth, right where you want it, for most of the retrieve."

Order the flies at www.slideinn.com. Or tie them according to Kelly's recipes...

 

Galloup’s Sex Dungeon

Back Hook: Size 4 or 6 1750 streamer hook

Thread: GSP 100

Tail: Two plumes of marabou with 6 to 8 strands of Flashabou between the two marabous

Hackle: 5-7 inch strung hackle or Schlappen

Body: Ice Dub

Legs: Two or three barred Sili Legs on each side

Connection: .038mm braided stainless

Bead: One glass bead

Skirt around connection: 6 to 8 strands of Flashabou to match tail

Front hook: Size 2 1720 streamer hook

Thread: GSP 100

Hackle: 5-7 inch strung hackle or Schlappen

Body: Ice Dub

Legs: Two or three barred Sili Legs on each side

Collar: Deer hair

Eyes: Large painted dumbbell eyes

Head: Trimmed deer hair

 

Galloup’s Peanut Envy

Back Hook: Size 6 or 8 1750 or equivalent ring eye streamer hook

Thread: GSP 100

Tail: Marabou with four strands of Flashabou

Hackle: 5-7 inch strung hackle

Body: Ice Dub

Legs: Two barred Sili Legs on each side

Wing: Marabou to match tail

Connection .038 braided stainless (Beadalon)

Bead over connection: One glass bead

Connection cover: Marabou to match tail

 

Front Hook: Size 4 or 6 3X long streamer hook

Thread: GSP 100

Weight: Large brass cone

Hackle: 5-7 inch strung hackle

Body: Ice Dub

Legs: Three barred Sili Legs on each side

Wing: Marabou to match front wing

Collar: Ice Dub

 

Galloup’s Boogie Man

Back Hook: Size 6 3X ring eye

Thread: GSP 100

Tail: Marabou with 4 strands of Flashabou on top

Hackle: 5-7 inch strung hackle

Body: Medium cactus chenille

Wing: Mallard flank

Connection: .038 braided Stainless (Beadalon)

Bead: One or two glass beads

Connection cover: Same marabou as tail

Front Hook: Size 4 3X or 4X streamer hook

Thread: GSP 100

Hackle: 5-7 inch strung hackle

Body: Medium cactus chenille

Wing: Mallard flank

Collar: Ram’s wool to match body color

Head: Ram’s wool to match body color

Eyes: Large painted dumbbell eyes