“On the following pictures you will find some flies which I have beein using approximately for the last 10 years. Especially the pike patterns are nothing new for me but I have never taken the time to write about them. The idea of adding a feather stem with some fin-alike rest of the tip was to create some additional attractive spot on the streamer….If you add some flippers in the way shown in the pictures, these flies work even better. Especially in fast water they still show action and when the fly enters slow water parts the flippers open like a flower. No doubt that salmon and seatrout notice this additional movement. Have a look at the creations and maybe you will try one of them some day.”

Flipper Example
Flipper Example

 

 

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There may be some worth to this concept of a ‘flipper’ tied in at the sides or slightly below the tube. I would hesitate to affix the flippers to the top of the fly so as to not disprupt the qualities of the wing material. The beauty of Temple Dog, Arctic Fox and Krystal Flash can be enhanced with this simple exciter component. This is definitely worth a try on streamers and steelhead/salmon patterns.

http://www.g-feuerstein.com/Fliegenbinden/gf_flipper_flies.htm