Dan Blanton designed the Whistler and is probably most known for the development of this pattern, but has contributed greatly to the sport of fly fishing as an American author of many a book and magazine article.
The name comes from the whistling sound it makes as a result of the bath chain eyes, but for Tigerfish we tend to rather opt for heavy dumbell eyes unless we fish shallower water or of course Pongola. The pattern has been modified for everything from Peacock Bass to Tarpon, but we know it for its uncanny ability to catch our ultimate freshwater gamefish – the Tigerfish. What makes this pattern so effective is the profile and movement you get from the body, apart from that its a very simply fly.
Like the Clouser, a few different colour combinations will come in very handy and will cover most situations, especially when you have a couple brighter patterns like purple. Although the colour makes no sense, its different and sometimes that’s all you need when olive and black just wont cut it.