Meat Whistle

Submitted By Skip Nault

Tyer Comments:

This fly was first designed by John Barr and modified by other tiers, as is this one. The meat whistle is a “crayfish” immitation and can be tied in many color variations. Intended as a bass fly, it will also take big brown trout as well and I bet that steelhead will take a bite. Fish by bouncing the fly on the bottom of the stream, lake or pond.


Hook: jig hook, size 1/0
Thread: color to match fly, 100 denier
Bead: medium brass cone
Tail: rabbit strip
Body: cross-cut rabbit strip
Wing: flashabouHackle: rubber legs
Other: marabou collar

Tying Instructions

After sliding on the brass conehead, make a dam of thread in front of hook,
push and glue cone in position and tie off. Retie thread above hook barb and
tie in 2-inch strip of rabbit strip. Then tie in strip of cross-cut rabbit strip,
bring thread up behind cone, palmer bunny strip up to the cone and tie in.
Cut off excess bunny strip. Then in order, just behind the cone, tie in
flashabou, three legs on each side, and finally two marabou tips, one on the
top and the other on the bottom of the hook. Can be tied in brown, tan,
olive, black or crayfish orange as shown here.

The following video shows each step in tying the Meat Whistle.

Meat Whistle

White Death

Submitted by Skip Nault

The white death is a fly pattern designed by Jeff Blood.  It is a zonker-style fly that imitates a dead emerald shiner.  It is fished in a dead drift like a nymph pattern and is effective when fishing for steelhead in Lake Erie tributaries.  It can be tied in colors other than white, such as black or olive and is a good fly on big browns on the Clear Fork River.  I have modified the fly by adding stick on eyes and attaching with UV Knot Sense.  See Jeff Blood tie the White Death on youtube.


hook: 2XL streamer hook, #10-12

thread: black and red or orange

body: mylar tubing

upper body & tail: white rabbit strip

eyes: decal eyes glued on with Knot Sense (optional)

Tying instructions:

Start by taking out thread core of mylar tubing and cut length to match hook shank, and slide on hook.  Attach mylar to rear of hook with red or orange thread and then attach rabbit strip to end of shank with same thread, whip finish and cut thread.  Wrap black thread behind hook eye and secure mylar at front of hook.  Then tie in the rabbit strip at front of hook and build up a fat, black thread head, then whip finish and cut thread.  Attack decal eyes, cover with knot sense and cure with UV light.

White Death – dry
White Death – wet




Submitted By Jeff Miller

Tyer Comments:

I was introduced to this fly when I fished the Bow River in Alberta…It just looks like a fly that will catch fish (and it did…25″ Rainbow!). Deadly when fished on a sink tip.


Hook: 3-4xl Streamer, size 4-8
Thread: Brown
Tail: White Marabou
Underbody: Lead
WireBody: Natural or Natural Grizzly Rabbit
Wing: Deer Hair (Flared around the fly, tied as a collar)
Head: Gray, Gray/White or Olive Rams Wool, Clipped to form head

Tying Instructions

1) Tie in Marabou Tail and tinsel
2) Dub thick body
3) Tie in rabbit strip 2/3 way up the hook shank
4) Use tinsel to bind Rabbit overtop of body; let the rabbit strip extend beyond the back of the hook 2/3 the length of the shank
5) Wrap a deer hair collar directly in front of the rabbit strip, tied as a flared collar
6) Tie in rams wool and clip to form head
7) whip finish