Comando Streamer – Percy Tackle Company

My friend, Alec Stansell, in Massachusetts, sent me this picture of a streamer pattern that was previously unknown to me. It’s an original carded fly from the Percy Tackle Company, formerly of Portland, Maine. Percy’s Tackle received plenty of mentions in Joseph Bates’ Book, “Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing,” 1950, 1966, 1995. I like sharing this kind of vintage, classic information on our fly tying heritage with my readers, so here it is:

The Comando:

 

Comando Streamer, carded and sold by The Percy Tackle Company. Gardiner Percy was the company founder.

Comando Streamer, carded and sold by The Percy Tackle Company. Gardiner Percy was the company founder. Photo courtesy of Alec Stansell.

The recipe:

Comando

Tag: Flat silver tinsel

Tail: Red hackle fibers

Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel  – this is very tarnished, but at my suggestion Alec did a little fly tying archeology with his bodkin, scratching a small section of the surface to reveal the silver tinsel rib 😉

Body: White angora or spun rabbit fur

Throat: red hackle fibers

Wing: Two brown hackles over which are one black hackle, slightly shorter

Cheek: Jungle cock

Head: Black

Thanks Alec for sharing this photo with me!

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4 comments on “Comando Streamer – Percy Tackle Company

  1. Hi Don, Awesome of Alec to share with us and the recipe finding the tinsel was interesting! Hope you are doing well. I enjoyed our chat in Hamilton a couple years ago and your hunt camp stories with Rick! Sounds like you guys have fun. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.
    Rusty

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Rusty;
      Nice to hear from you! Yes, it is great that friends like Alec and some others have found these old gems and are willing to share them with us. Thank you for your comment! And Merry Christmas to you and your family as well! Happy New Year!

  2. Stanley Williams says:

    I have just seen this streamer recently, but cannot remember where.

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