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 – 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
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: