Ace of Spades – Original Streamer

The final edition to my list of original streamer patterns from, 2012, is the Ace of Spades. It was posted on on December 27, 2012. Here is the link:

I was also delighted to receive a copy of Donald A. Wilson’s recent book, Tandem Streamers, and discover that he included the Ace of Spades in the book, page 65, the sample pattern was tied tandem by Dan Legere, owner of the Maine Guide Fly Shop in Greenville, Maine. The Ace of Spades was created in the late 1990’s from a desire to simply use claret and black together in a streamer pattern. There is also an English fly of the same name, quite different, but at the time I was unaware of it. Guess this isn’t the first time that happened…

I also have to add the humorous story of how my good friend Truman, discovered that the Ace of Spades was included in Tandem Streamers. This summer, in July, Truman and I planned to go to the family cabin for a couple days. We were just going to hang out, relax, and mostly tie flies. Truman, ak. TG, had recently gotten interested in tying tandem streamers, and I had tied tandems for Forgotten Flies back in the late ’90’s. TG came to pick me up, and while I was getting the last few things ready, he sat in a chair and picked up my copy of Donald Wilson’s Tandem Streamers. He thumbed through it for a couple minutes, then all of a sudden, TG blurted out, “What the hell is this expletive deleted?”

“What?” I asked.

“Ace of Spades streamer, originated by Don Bastian,” he replied. He was kidding of course, as close friends do.

Ace of Spades, original streamer by Don Bastian.

Ace of Spades, original streamer by Don Bastian. Photo by Darren MacEachern,

Ace of Spades

Tail:                 Narrow sections of black duck or goose quill, curving upward **

Body:              Medium flat silver tinsel

Rib:                 Fine oval silver tinsel

Throat:            Black bucktail to end of body followed by a shorter bunch of claret hackle fibers

Wing:              Four claret saddle hackles over which are two black saddle hackles, topped with four strands of peacock herl

Cheek: Jungle cock

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