In the myriad of creative and unusual streamer names comes the Drunk and Disorderly. If you’ve seen the action of this fly under water and compare that to the local bar district on the weekend, you’ll get it.
The complex nuances of this fly all add up to the action it was created for. Being a former “gear only” bass fishing guy I can speak to its likeness to a jerk bait but in order to get that same action, everything needs to be precise.
Making two complete turns of zonker strip, capture it, trim the excess, and make a tight head before whip finishing twice.
Assembling the tails to articulated streamers are relatively easy. The Beadelon and beads are strung through the eye of the hook and they are held vertically. While holding the assembly, I give the hook a quick tug downward which does two things; it shapes the wire to the hook eye and allows the beads to slide down to a natural point. No other adjustments are needed.
After the leading hook is in the vice, I start the thread where I want the collar of the fly to begin before making wraps rearward. The tail assembly should sit nearly parallel to the hook shank with the front bead just making contact with the bend of the hook. Holding this assembly while tying it in will assure everything stays where you want it. The beadelon should be stacked on top of each other to ensure the wire loop is vertical.
Just ahead of the front bead, tie in some more flashabou and time it off to the length of the rear polar chenille. Then, tie in another length of zonker strip and make two complete wraps before tying it off and trimming the excess.
Select two matching mallard flank feathers and measure them so the tips extend just into the rear zonker strip wraps. Strip off the excess fibers from the flank and tie them on to the shank. They should be oriented in a slight “inverted V”.
Next comes another layer of flashabou that is tied in ahead of the chenille and should be trimmed to the length of the front hook.
A second wrapping of zonker strip should be next. This time, a more natural colored zonker strip is selected to blend in with the collar and head of the fly. This rabbit strip is wrapped around itself once but stroke the fibers rearward so a nice, neat fur collar is formed. Capture the zonker and trim the excess.
Cut a generous portion of deer hair. Clean and stack the hair before removing it from the stacker. You can see how much the deer hair and zonker are alike. Align the hair so it blends in with the rabbit strip. Hold the deer hair in the left hand and make one loose, medium, and tight wrap while allowing the butt ends to flair. The consecutive steps should continue with packing and spinning the hair to just behind the hook eye. Once behind the eye, whip finish and “fluff” the deer hair.
Once the shape is complete, use glue to secure two eyes to the side of the fly. Then add a nice, thin coating of UV resin to the fly and cure it for a few minutes.
Whether it’s trout, steelhead, bass, or anything else that eats a jerkbait, this is the fly you’ll want to tie on when the conditions call for it.
Thread: GSP 100 – White
Front Hook: Ahrex TP650 – Size 3/0
Rear Hook: Gamakatsu B10S – Size 4
Articulation Wire: Beadelon 49 strand
Beads: 2 x 6mm beads
Tail/Flash: Flashabou Holographic
Body Segments: UV Polar Chenille
Secondary Hair Collars: Zonker strips
Primary Head Collar: Deer hair
Head: Spun deer hair
Other: 4mm Rattle
Eyes: Living Eyes 5mm
UV Resin: Loon Thin UV Clear