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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.


 CANADA

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
  • Thread: Black
  • Body: silver tinsel
  • underwing: 30 Red deer tail hairs
  • Wing: 1 slim stem maribou plume
  • Topping; 5 peacock herls
Lac Ternay Streamer
Named for Lac Ternay in Quebec Canada
  • Thread: flame orange 6/0
  • Tail - Golden Pheasant tippetts
  • Body: medium chenille,
    Flame orange-red
  • Rib: Oval gold tinsel
  • underwing: Orange Krystal Flash
  • Wing: White maribou
  • Topping: 5 peacock herls
  • Cheeks: Mallard breast dyed orange
  • Originated by Ron McKusick
    in 1994
Shufelt Special
Originated by Bobby Shufelt
  • Thread: Black
  • Tail - Golden Pheasant tippetts
  • Body: silver tinsel
  • underwing: 10 hairs of each yellow, red, yellow deer hair
  • Wing: 1 slim stem maribou plume
Canadian Cardinelle
Originated by Ron McKusick
  • Thread: 6/0 Flame red
  • Body: Hot Orange or red yarn
  • Under wing: Hot Pink Krystal Flash
  • Collar: yellow hackle
  • Wing: Cerise maribou
Jeff's Smelt
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.
  • Hooks 8x long size 4,
    or 6x long size 6 and 8
  • Thread: 6/0 red
  • Tail - Golden Pheasant tippets
  • Body:Copper diamond braid
  • Belly: White maribou
  • Throat: yellow hackle fibers
  • Wing: gray maribou, a few strands of Krystal flash
  • Topping: peacock herl
  • Cheeks; red hackle fibers
  • Eye: Painted yellow with a black pupil
Grey Ghost Maribou
  • Thread: 6/0 black
  • Body:Light Orange Floss
  • Rib: medium flat silver tinsel
  • Belly: first 5 peacock herls then
    White Deertail hair
  • Throat: yellow hackle fibers
  • Wing: gray maribou
  • Cheeks; silver pheasant back cheeks

Roach River Robber
Originated by Dan Legere
  • Thread: black
  • Body: Red floss
  • Throat: natural brown deer hair tips
  • Wing: Grey Squirrel Tail hair
  • Originated by Dan Legere
Montreal Whore
Popularized by Dan Legere
  • Thread: 6/0 black
  • Body:Fluorescent Orange wool or cord
  • Rib: medium flat silver tinsel
  • Underwing: 5 deer tail hairs each red,White and blue
  • Wing:White maribou
Ken's Alewife
Originated by Ron McKusick
  • Body: silver mylar pipe
  • Thread: white
  • Wing: white artificial hair
  • Topping: peacock herl
  • Sides: a pair of White hen breast feathers
  • Cheeks: Holographic willow leaf die-cuts
  • Eye: Die cut silver prisim stuck to the willow leaf cheeks

Pink Floyd
Originated by John McCloud
  • Thread: 6/0 black
  • Body:Pink Floss
  • Rib: medium flat silver tinsel
  • Belly: first 5 peacock herls then
    Pink Deertail hair
  • Throat: yellow hackle fibers
  • Wing: gray maribou
  • Cheeks; silver pheasant back cheeks
  • Side stripe: 2 strands of fine holographic tinsel on each side of the wing but under the cheek
Wood Special
Originated by Joe Sterling
  • Thread: 6/0 black
  • Tail: Golden Pheasant tippett
  • Body:Orange medium chennile
  • Rib: Oval Gold Tinsel or flat silver tinsel
  • Wing:Lemon woodduck flank laid flat over the back
  • Collar: soft grizzly saddle hackle

East Outlet Eagle
Originated by Ron McKusick in 2002
  • Thread: 6/0 red
  • Body:Blue Diamond Braid
  • Wing:White maribou
  • Topping: 6 to 10 strands of red Krystal Flash
Red Gray Ghost - HOT
  • Thread: 6/0 black
  • Body:Fluorescent Hunter Orange wool or cord
  • Rib: medium flat silver tinsel
  • Belly: red deer tail hair
  • Throat: sparse yellow hackle fibers
  • Underwing: 5 strands of Peacock herl
  • Wing:4 Gray Saddle Hackles
  • Cheeks: Silver Pheasant
Moosehead Belle
  • Thread: 6/0 red
  • Tail: yellow hackle fibers
  • Body:Red Floss
  • Rib: medium flat silver tinsel
  • Throat: yellow hackle fibers
  • Underwing: Mallard dyed Ginger
  • Wing:White maribou

Pink Girl
  • Thread: 6/0 Flame orange
  • Tag: Flat Copper tinsel
  • Body:flat silver tinsel
  • Rib: Copper wire
  • Belly:5 strands of Peacock herl
    white deer tail hair
  • Throat: sparse white hackle fibers
    followed by pink hackle fibers
  • Underwing:Light Gray deer tail hair
  • Wing:2 white Saddle Hackles
    between 2 hot pink saddle hackles
  • Cheeks: Mallard flank dyed grey
  • as tied by the late
    Michael G. Boutin, Sr.
Red Gray Ghost
  • Thread: 6/0 black
  • Body:Red Floss
  • Rib: medium flat silver tinsel
  • Belly: red deer tail hair
  • Throat: sparse yellow hackle fibers
  • Underwing: 5 strands of Peacock herl
  • Wing:4 Gray Saddle Hackles
  • Cheeks: Silver Pheasant
Barred Orange Pink Lady
Originated by Ron McKusick in 1995
  • Thread: 6/0 black
  • Body:flat silver tinsel
  • Rib: medium oval silver tinsel
  • Belly: white deer tail hair
  • Throat: sparse yellow hackle fibers
  • Underwing: 5 strands of Peacock herl
  • Wing:2 grizzly dyed Orange Saddle Hackles
  • Cheeks: Lemon Wood duck
Lee's Lolly Pop
Osprey 9025

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
Head: black

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
  • Thread: black
  • Tail: Black Maribou as long as the hook
  • Body:Fluorescent Flame red - medium chenille
  • Hackle: long soft black hackle


Orange Woolly Bugger
  • Thread: orange
  • Tail: Orange Maribou as long as the hook
  • Body: Orange medium chenille
  • Hackle: soft orange hackle
Brookie Bugger
  • Thread: black
  • Tail: Grizzly Maribou dyed orange
  • Body: Orange medium chenille
  • Hackle: grizzly dyed orange soft saddle hackle


 

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