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Jacques P. Herter Famous Balloon Streamer
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
In fly casting if the streamer becomes at all
heavy, it is very difficult to cast. You cannot,
for example, put a pork rind on a streamer
fly etc. as it would be too heavy for good
casting. Jacques P. Herter invented the
balloon streamer. This streamer has
tremendous action but is light weight and
very easy to cast.
Here is how to make it. Buy orange and red
rubber toy balloons. Cut two thin strips of
the orange balloon tie these on for the tail.
Put a long strip of the orange balloon onto the
The first time Jacques used this fly, he took
and released twenty three brook trout, none less
than a pound and a half, in one morning. When
I saw that happen I became a regular user of
his balloon fly.
Body: Make of orange floss with narrow
flat silver tinsel.
Wing: Make of white rooster hackle feathers.
Throat: For the throat tie in three red rubber
A thin strip of a rubber balloon is excellent
hooked onto the hook of any streamer. This is
a great fishing trick and I have taken some real
lunker fish using it. ~ George Leonard Herter (1961)
Credits: from Fly Tying, Spinning and Tackle Making by
George Leonard Herter.
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