Fly Tying Shop
Streamers for fall fishing
in Maine and Eastern Canada
Fall Flies Once the water cools in September, the trout and salmon get excited as their spawning season draws near.
Brook Trout can spawn as early as late August in little ponds and streams. Often they will spawn in mid to late September in northern Maine.
Landlocked Salmon will spawn in early to mid October in the Moosehead region of Maine. These fighters prefer the well oxygenated rivers and streams for their redds.
Lake Trout spawn between October 10 and the end of October. They spawn on the big rocks found in Lakes.
Brook Trout and Landlocked Salmon often prefer rivers and streams for nesting areas. Their eggs need fresh oxygenated water flowing over the eggs for a good hatch.
These fish often get excited by bright contrasting colored streamers. Sometimes the bigger the better. I know of a fisheries biologist who uses size 2 8x long streamers. This is a huge fly to cast. Most anglers use a size 4 either in a casting 6x or 8x long.
I have been tying flies for the Moosehead Region, Penobscot River and Kennebec River systems for 20 years now and offer many of the popular flies that are in use today.
Popular colors incorporate a white maribou wing with a red or orange body. Most are variations of the simple but effective White Maribou streamer. This fly has a silver tinsel body and red bucktail hair underwing, a white maribou plume wing with a topping of peacock herl. This fly is a perfect imitation alewife pattern and accounts for many striped bass in the lower Kennebec River from Shawmut Dam south to the ocean.
In upper Quebec the ice doesn't go out of the lakes until mid June. Expect to catch Lake Trout on the surface. If you are after trophy Brook Trout, fish the rivers in late August and early September. Many anglers use a size 4 or 6 in June and July and then the larger size 2 in August and September. Most guides are hunting Caribou in September but you may get a chance to fish after you've bagged your trophy. Ask your guide in advance.
|White Marabou Streamer
||Lac Ternay Streamer
Named for Lac Ternay in Quebec Canada
Originated by Bobby Shufelt
Originated by Ron McKusick
Originated by Jeff LaBree in 1993
Written up in The Northwoods Sporting Journal in 2002
This fly took 3 huge trout from Carry Pond caught by Jeff's uncle and V. Paul Reynolds.
|Grey Ghost Maribou
|Roach River Robber
Originated by Dan Legere
Popularized by Dan Legere
Originated by Ron McKusick
Originated by John McCloud
Originated by Joe Sterling
|East Outlet Eagle
Originated by Ron McKusick in 2002
|Red Gray Ghost - HOT
||Red Gray Ghost
||Barred Orange Pink Lady
Originated by Ron McKusick in 1995
|Lee's Lolly Pop
|Tail: Orange Marabou||Tail: Short Red chick-a-bou|
|Body Hackle: Black soft hackle
Body: black chennille
Rib:oval gold tinsel over the body hackle
Hook: size 2 tied on a 6x long shank
|Tag: red uni-stretch
Body: small gold mylar piping
Under wing: red and yellow bucktail hairs mixed
then 4 strands of gold crystal flash
wing: 2 long full white marabou plumes
head: red uni-stretch
Hook: size 2/0 Sealey 10x long shank
|Osprey Lake Woolly Bugger
|Orange Woolly Bugger
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