So, I know you’ve all been waiting for this one, mostly because I am very intuitive and in tune with the wants and needs of fishermen in general, but maybe all those emails, phone calls and Facebook messages put me over the edge. At any rate, here is my latest streamer pattern: Craven’s Dirty Hippy. I first started developing this fly after a trip to the Missouri River in Craig, Montana. I fished with the folks from Rio Fly Lines and the guides from Headhunters Fly Shop there in Craig. We had a great time on a beautiful river and I learned a lot about their little piece of the world. Mark Raisler is a spectacular guy and great fun to spend a day on the water with. He has a way of making you look good through no fault of your own, so if you get a chance to head that way be sure to look them up. It was on this trip that I started to appreciate streamer patterns that went a little beyond the usual Wooly Bugger variations and branched into more sparsely tied, realistic small fish profiles. It seems the trout in the Missouri like flashier streamers than I typically tie, and often times, the patterns we had the most success with were pretty slim, easy to cast type affairs rather than the usual big hunk of meat slammed into the bank. It makes sense in hindsight, as the Missouri is a big river and you’re often fishing out in the main current with a full sink or sink tip line, swimming your flies much more slowly than usually done down here in Colorado. To that end, I promptly started playing with streamer patterns of this ilk upon my return home and the final result is now known as the Dirty Hippy. The name is garnered from my new wife, a tree huggin’, liberal minded not-really-so-dirty Dirty Hippy. She’s turned out to be good for my conservative side and the fly has turned out to be good for my soul…tie some up and see what it does for you.