Hi Matt. I like the downsized versions. The original was tied fairly large but I think downsizing is a good idea. What chenille did you use? It looks smaller than the "Bohemian" chenille used on the original. Are you going to fish the smaller version for trout?
These ended up about 3.5 inches long each. I used a super bulky polyester yarn by Bernat called Baby Blanket Yarn. Here's the link for it on Jo-Ann's http://www.joann.com/bernat-baby-blanket-yarn-10.5-oz/10949832.html?mkwid=1CwDoJMs%7Cdc&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=&utm_campaign=Shopping+-+Needle+Arts&CS_003=10131488&CS_010=%5BProductId%5D&gclid=CO_SguzZm8QCFQ8waQod71EAZA
I think any bulky polyester chenille style yarn would work though
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