P.O. Box 1181, Dubuque, Iowa 52004-1181

Dubuque Fly Fishers


Barred Whistler

Tyer: Kate Lodge

Hook: Saltwater or salmon wet fly, e. g. Mustad #34007 or Tiemco TMC 811S, size 2/0

Thread: Red

Body: Black bucktail tied in at staggered positions along shank and extending 1-1/2 shank lengths beyond hook

Wings: Six black saddle hackles the same length

Topping: Six to eight strands of peacock herl

Collar: Red marabou, palmered one to two turns

Eyes: Bead Chain

Head: Red thread

Notes: This is another good light-tackle pike fly. In fact, it's even easier to cast than the Bunny Leech. The Whisler is also a good fly for open water because its ability to sink quickly makes it an effective fly for deep fish. The trade off comes in the form of the Whistler's rather poor durability. Peacock herl and sadle hackles won't stand up to a pike's teeth, but because peacock herl is such a good fish-getter,I walways carry some Whistlers and I recommend them to you. This is my version of Barry Reynold's Whistler. The directions for his fly are from his book Pike on the Fly. I have ring perch on my lake. That is why I canged the wings from black saddle hackles to barred trying to imitate the rings on the perch. It appears in the original illustration that the marabou might be woolly bugger marabou since it appers not to cover as much of the fly as mine. I had blood quill marabou, the fly caught fish, so I never changed it. And I like red--lots of red. This has been one of my favorite flies for several years and has caught ring perch, redear, smallmouth bass, crappie, and northern pike. I usually catch the crappie when I am just trolling along from one bay to another. I have a 9-weight rod and it depends on the time of year whether I use floating or sinking tip line. I do use 20# nylon coated knottable stainless stell wire leader. I would hate to lose a fish using these heavy duty stainless steel hooks.