Peanut Envy Streamer Step-by-Step

Peanut Envy Streamer Step-by-Step:


With night time lows in the 50s, it appears Fall (or more likely False Fall) has once again returned to the south.  And, while daytime highs still regularly peak above 85 F, those cool evening have turned my attention towards streamer fishing.  In particular, articulated streamers have been on my mind as a number of local anglers have used them with great success targeting everything from Shadow Bass to Alligator Gar in recent months.  Large, flashy and full of movement, this broad category of baitfish imitations seems to be just as effective in warmwater as they are at targeting large trout in cooler climes.

Still, as effective as they are, it seems many anglers shy away from these patterns due to their perceived complexity.  Yet, if viewed as what they are, two flies merged into one, it becomes apparent they are in reality more time consuming than they are complex. 

Such is the case with today’s pattern, Kelly Galloup’s Peanut Envy.    Requiring little more than Marabou, Ice Dub, two streamer hackle and some rubber legs, this seemingly complex pattern is well within the skill of the novice tyer…if they are willing to put in the time.

Gamakatsu B10S or equivalent (#4 rear; #2 front) 140 Denier (Olive) Materials Cone Head (Brass or Tungsten; Large)
Materials Marabou (Olive) Materials Ice Dub (Olive) Streamer Hackle (Olive)
Materials Marabou (Olive)Materials Rubber Legs (Olive) Materials Glass beads (sized to match); Monofilament (12-20 lbs)

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Peanut Envy Streamer Step-by-Step Tying Instructions:

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Tips and Tricks

  1. Color Selection – This should be fairly evident, but this pattern can be tied in any number of color combinations. Olive, White, Black and Chartreuse all deserve a spot in your streamer box, but in reality any color combination that mimics your local forage species should do.
  2. Sizing – Don’t overlook downsized versions of this pattern when targeting smaller species. Swap the #4 and #2 stinger hooks for a #8 & #6, and you’ve got a great panfish streamer.
  3. Mind the Points – Just a word of warning for those who haven’t tied or fished with tandem streamers before…MIND THOSE HOOK POINTS! It’s far too easy to get distracted and forget about that second hook point when tying and fishing these streamers. Try not to lose your focus or you may end up snagging yourself along the way. I’ve certainly done so on a few occasions.

Proof of Concept

While productive for a variety of species, the Peanut Envy has become my go-to fly when blind casting for spotted gar in recent years. Light enough to carefully cast on my 4wt, it has proven a perfect search pattern when targeting these dinosaurs.

Tight Line!


Species Caught on the Peanut Envy Streamer to Date:
  1. Spotted Gar
  2. Cahaba Bass

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2 thoughts on “Peanut Envy Streamer Step-by-Step

  1. Great pattern, that’s the first articulated pattern I tied. I totally agree that they aren’t hard to tie, they just take twice as long. That said, I’m twice as likely to wade into a good looking hole to get them unstuck from a log!

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