Whether I’m up in the Midlands targeting Trout, or Bass at Inanda dam or even down in Durban off the sandbanks in the harbour, you’ll very rarely find me fishing without a baitfish pattern of some kind strapped to the business end of my line. It’s the most fun I can have with a fly rod. I tend to concentrate more once the fly has hit the surface of the water more than any other form of fly fishing, as I’m constantly trying to impart action into it with different retrieval speeds, pauses & slight flicks and jerks of my rod.
Now depending on the species of fish you’re targeting, streamers can be constructed either using solely synthetic materials or naturals and in some cases with both, which I call a “Combo-fly”. Bob Popovic’s “Hollow fleye” style or Steve Silverio’s Hi tie methods come to mind but for me there really is only one way to tie a baitfish streamer these days and that’s Jonny Kings “Kinky Muddler” V style tying pattern.
I’ve only recently adopted this way of constructing my flies since moving back here to South Africa at the end of 2012, and I can honestly say without a question of a doubt that this style of baitfish pattern (streamer) not only looks more realistic under the water but acts and swims better than any other baitfish pattern I’ve fished with in the past. How I wish I’d used this tying technique on many of my pike streamers while living on the Baltic because It would have saved me a mint on synthetics over the years due to very few flies becoming entangled and heavily matted in the pikes mouth's.
The secret to it success is the cylindrical shaped trimmed head, that gives this fly the god like status it so deserves. One can use a multitude of different synthetic materials for the construction. Slinky fibre (Plain), Slinky fibre (Gliss n Glow), EP fibre, Steve farrar SF blend, Mirror image, Funky fibre, but my favourite synthetic for this technique, has to be Flash n slinky.
Here's Jonny King explaining the technique and reasoning behind this fly's construction