North Coast Angler
Fly Tying
The Green Trickster pattern was designed to encourage impulse strikes and to serve as a reasonable baitfish imitation (depending on choice of colors and head finish). The pattern does not fish like a "clouser" because the bead chain does not add appreciable weight and therefore, tracks upright. I developed the pattern over a season or so, borrowing certain characteristics from other known patterns. The true fish catching value of the pattern reached maturity when I began using a relatively new fly tying material from Just Add Water Products, SF Flash Blend fibers, a blend of two popular synthetic flytying materials …Slinky Fibre and Angel Hair. These slinky, flashy fibers are non- absorbent and hold an excellent profile in the water. The light weight of the material allows the fly to ungulate better than bucktail or other natural fibers. The fibers are available in a large variety of colors and blends and are 8 inches in length. First Light Anglers in Rowley, MA carry a full line of the material.


Materials and Recipe


  • Hook: Owner 5311-133 Red Finish 3/0 or Mustad 34007ss 4/0
  • Thread: Danville monofilament , fine
  • Body: Rainbow Flashabou, SF Flash Blend in shrimp or white & olive green, peacock herl
  • Head: X-cut Magnum Bunny, Olive green
  • Throat: Red Marabou or Red ultra hair
  • Eyes: Chartreuse Bead Chain, size med.
  • Glue: Crazy glue or Zap-a-Gap
Step 1
The pattern is tied as standard streamer, starting a 1/3 the way up the hook shank from the bend. Take several wraps of monofilament and fix to the hook shank with crazy glue. This is an important step to insure that the fly head, when completed, is securely attached to the hook shank (note: a small amount of glue is added after each material is tied in). Start the fly by tying in ~1/16” round clump of rainbow flashabou, 1” inch long, trim and leave ˝ inch behind hook bend and secure with several wraps of mono, add a small drop of glue.


Step 2
In this step, tie in a round (1/16 inch) of white super hair, extending beyond the flashabou. Next tie in a set of bead chain eyes by alternating the wraps in a figure 8 pattern taking care to hold the bead chain horizontal to the hook shank. Add a drop of glue to hold tight in place.


Step 3
Next, tie a 3/16 round of shrimp SF fiber about 4 inches long and flare out by pushing down. Take several wraps while gradually tightening up. Next, tie in another round (3/16 inch) of olive green SF fiber a bit longer than the white and flare out the fibers. Gradually tighten up wraps and add a drop of glue to hold tight in place.


Step 4
Next, tie in 10 strands of peacock herl taking care to flare out the strands. The peacock should be a bit longer than the fibers. Gradually tighten up wraps. Finally, complete the body and head of the fly by tying in a 3 inch long piece of X-Cut magnum olive bunny fur just in front of the body wing material. Carefully Palmer the bunny forward to just behind the bead eyes and tie off with several tight wraps. Finish the fly by tying in a small clump of red ultra hair underneath and behind the bead eyes. Finish with several figure 8 wraps and tighten up. Whip or loop finish. Add several drops of glue to the wraps and coat the bead eyes with the glue to help protect them from saltwater.

The color pattern and size can be changed to suit specific needs or water conditions. I currently tie the pattern in black for dark time fishing, silver when peanut bunker are in and I change size to influence strike impulse of larger stripers.


That’s it!
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