Ace of Spades Streamer

This is the Ace of Spades streamer, an original pattern that I created about 1998. It was originally published in Forgotten Flies. I just finished it this evening about 10:30 PM, tying, listening to my stereo…this shot was hastily taken, one in a series of one, no set-up, hand-held, and notice the cluttered tabletop of my tying desk. It’s not a good photo because of the busy background, but I’ll add more head cement tomorrow and get a proper photo of the pattern posted here besides this initial photo, along with the recipe. Adding my original streamer creations is another task on my blog bucket list.

I designed the Ace of Spades with an idea to create a casting streamer using claret and black hackles for fishing in the Moosehead Lake region of Maine. The Ace of Spades was tied as a tandem trolling streamer and published in Donald A. Wilson’s latest book, Tandem Streamers – The Essential Guide. Contributing fly tier and owner of the Maine Guide Fly Shop, Dan Legere, dressed my pattern for Don’s book. I would like to extend a thank you to both Don Wilson and Dan Legere for publishing and tying my pattern.

Ace of Spades, an original streamer that I created in 1998. This is the first one I’ve tied in at least ten years.

Ace of Spades – created by Don Bastian

Tail: Black duck or goose quill sections, paired

Rib: Oval silver tinsel

Body: Flat silver tinsel

Belly: Black bucktail, wing length

Throat: Claret hackle fibers

Wing: Four claret hackles flanked on each side by one black hackle

Topping: Four strands peacock herl

Head: Black

My original dressing was revised from two claret hackles to four, and I extended the length of the black bucktail belly to be as long as the wing. This specimen was assembled by cementing the wings together and then the cheeks to the completed wings. I do this because it simplifies the final mounting of the wings; it’s all done in one fell swoop.

Here is a much better photo:

Ace of Spades – size #1 – 8x – Gaelic Supreme Martinek / Stevens Rangeley Streamer hook