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


6 comments on “Ace of Spades Streamer

  1. Kelly L says:

    Don, the fly is a beauty. But I can’t make out the colors too well. I can see it has wonderful shape, and flow though.

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Kelly, the picture is comparatively terrible – the background is cluttered, the fly is back-lit, the lighting on the fly is not the best, and the dark colors make it look even darker. You still found something good in it though, 😉 Thank you!
      It’s just a different insight into what transpires at my tying desk, taking the photos and posting it as-is was an impulse.
      The wing is claret and black, and the throat is claret. I’ll post a better picture later today, along with the recipe.
      Thanks for your comment!

  2. Larry Bordas says:

    Really like the fly. I have always used and had good sucess with dark wet flies and this looks like a real winner. I don’t have a chance to cast streamers to Landlocks very often, but I do use wet flies a lot and would love to see how it would look tied as a wet fly. I have a feeling it would be a killer for the Brookies in the Adirondacks.

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Larry;
      I never thought of tying the Ace of Spades as a wet fly, but my bet too, is with you; it would wok. We’ve had great success in Maine with most any wet fly pattern with a tinsel body, particularly silver. How to do the wing…? Hmmm, I don’t know of a wet fly with a claret and black married wing, you might be on to something. 😉 There is an English pattern called the Ace of Spades in Mike Dawes first book called The Fly Tier’s Manual, of which I have a copy. I was unaware of his pattern when I created my version.
      Thanks for your comment, Larry!

  3. Thanks for posting the updated pic. I Love it! I agree it would make a nice wet conversion as well. 🙂

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Darren; thanks for your comment and input on the yet-to-be-created Ace of Spades wet fly. I thought about that more over the weekend and was thinking that I don’t know of a single wet fly pattern that has a black and claret married wing. That probably is a pattern I should add to my list of original classic style wet fly patterns. Thanks for your encouragement!

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