#362 – Ace of Spades

#362 Ace of Spades - Don Bastian
#362 Ace of Spades – Don Bastian

Tied by: Don Bastian
Originated by: Don Bastian

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley streamer hook 8xl #1
Thread: Black 8/0
Tail: Black duck or goose quill sections, paired
Body: Silver flat tinsel
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Belly: Black bucktail
Throat: Claret hackle fibers
Wing: 4 claret hackles flanked by black hackle
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Topping: 4-6 peacock herls
Head: Black

Notes: Don created the Ace of Spades streamer around 1998. It was originally published in the collection of streamers found in ‘Forgotten Flies’. The pattern was created with the hopes of producing a dark casting streamer to fish in the Moosehead Lake region of Maine.

Don BastianDon Bastian – Don was born and has lived in Pennsylvania all his life. He started fishing at about the same time he learned to walk. He has been tying flies and fly fishing since 1964. He has taught fly tying classes since 1987, has 16 years guiding experience, and has been operating his business, Bastian’s Angling Specialties since 1983.
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10 Comments

  1. Hello all;
    John, thanks for your comment and addition of the English Ace of Spades. I was unaware of the pattern name at the time, and created my version independently.
    Thanks to each of the rest of you for your comments and compliment! I appreciate it!

  2. “The Ace of Spades” was originally named by the late U.K. pro-tyer, Dave Collyer, The dressing is. 4/10 l.s. hook, blk thread, dressed Matuka style, with 2 pairs black cock or hen hackles (back to back) over a black chenille body ribbed with silver oval tinsel. A “crown or overwing” of bronze mallard fibres with natural guinea fowl false hackle. This can be weighted &/or beaded if desired & has taken a lot of fish since it’s inception back in the 1960’s when it was first published in the now de-funked “Angling” magazine where Dave had a monthly column. It was also in his first book “Fly Dressing”

      1. It seems that Mr.Schmookler didn’t do much, if any research on any of the U.K. patterns in Forgotten Flies, as I don’t recall any of them being correct.

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