Tied by: Loretta Parent
Originated by: Unknown
Source: Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing, Bates – Pg. 243, 247
Hook: Mustad 3665A
tail: 2 sections of barred wood duck feather
Body: Medium flat gold tinsel
Wing: 2 french blue hackles flanked by golden yellow hackle
Eyes: Jungle cock
Collar: A few turns of rich yellow hackle mixed with a few turns of scarlet hackle.
Notes: This is Loretta’s first submission into the project and a great choice as the Cains River series is a favorite of many streamer aficionadi. The origin of this pattern isn’t documented, but it is likely that it was originated by either Mr. C. Jim Pray or Mr. Oscar Weber (Weber Tackle). The streamers originally submitted to Joseph D. Bates for inclusion in ‘Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing’ were prepared by Mr. C. Jim Pray and the dressings confirmed by Mr. Oscar Weber. While many of the streamers in the series are well documents in Bates’ book, the Rainbow Streamer isn’t named with it’s originator or background information.
The Cains River style of streamers was popularized by Fred N. Peet and C. Jim Pray and have become known to be effective lures for sportfish such as Atlantic salmon, steelhead, Pacific salmon and pike as well as a range of saltwater targets. Some general notes when tying this style are outlined in Joseph D. Bates book, Streamer Fly tying and Fishing.
On all Cains River streamers all wing hackles are of the same length. When a two-color- collar is called for, the rear color should be twice as heavily dressed as the forward color. Two or three turns of tinsel should be taken around the bend of the hook below where the tail is tied in. The heads are mostly varnished black. Mr. Pray used regular number two sproat hooks, although the flies may be dressed on hooks 2X or 3X long. Nearly all the series are similar in design.
Loretta Parent -I have been tying flys for 3 years now and have enjoyed learning everything I can about the art of fly tying. I am very passionate about this pastime and love to pass on and share what I know to anyone that is interested. I started a fly fishing club for women last year called “Fly Girls of New Brunswick” and hope to start a fly tying club as well. My favourite place to fish is anywhere on the Miramichi drainage system.
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