Ray Schmidt’s Twin Tail Madonna is a great streamer pattern that can be tied and fished to imitate many species. Common colors are olive, black, tan, white, yellow, and crayfish orange. The best way to fish this fly is by using a sinking or sink tip line and use a jerk strip retrieve or swing it. If you want to get the fly deeper in the water column you can add weighted wire, dumbbell eyes, or a conehead.
- Hook: Dai Riki 700 size 2-6 (size 4 used here)
- Thread: UTC 140
- Body 1: Small mylar tubing (diamond braid)
- Body 2: Two rabbit strips
- Wing: 2-4 strands o flashabou
- Collar and Head: Deer hair
Attach the mylar tubing and advance your thread forward leaving approximately 1/3 of the hook shank bare.
Wrap the mylar to the point where you advanced your thread. Tie off and trim the excess material.
Tie in the first rabbit strip so that it is skewed to only cover 1/2 of the top of the hook shank as shown The rabbit strip will be on the top of the fly but needs to be oriented this way in order to fit two strips on the fly.
Stack a clump of deer hair in a stacker. Placed the stacked clump of hair on top of the fly and put two loose thread wrap around it to keep the hair in place. Then take you thumb and press down on the tie in point to flare the hair on the top of the fly. Secure with a few tight thread wraps.