Streamers tying for salmonids fish
with Charly Gig from Montréal (Québec) – Canada.
Late in the evening, Charly invites me to meet him at his home in the Hochelaga area of Montreal (Quebec). It’s getting cold here, winter is coming, it’s the best period for working in his workshop. For creating, inventing, breaking out and dreaming…
He shows us the assembly of two very used streamers in quebecois loughs for salmonids fishing. These flies are commonly used for trolling fishing by boat.
First streamer’s name: the “Paul & Paul” (a improved “Grey Ghost”) from Paul Leblanc and Paul Laramée.
– Long hook #2 (around 2’’) called “Paul Leblanc”.
– Mounting thread: black UNI-Thread 136 D – 6/0W.
The body of the streamer is made with rainbow Diamond Braid.
Charly starts at ¼ inch after the ring of the hook. Using the mounting thread, fix the Diamond Braid and make a round trip. Stop the body just before the curvature of the fishhook.
The belly of the streamer consists in white natural hairs of roe deer smoothed with hair straightener.
Charly equalizes the length of roe deer’s hairs with hair stacker and arrange them using his mounting thread and one point of glue. Hairs forming the belly of your streamer must exceed around ¼ inch. Not longer to avoid the feathers coil around the handle of the hook and disturb the swimming of your streamer.
After the belly, the breast of the streamer consists in a pinch of fibers from the tail of orange cock arranged under the belly. Length: around 1/4 inch.
At the level of the sub-wing, arrange the pink cherry Cristal Flash (same length that the roe deer hairs).
For the wings, you need four same length hackles = 2 pairs that must be arranged face-to-face in a convex way once again in a concern of swimming efficacy. Arrange the wings starting at the head. They have to be of the same length as the rest of the body.
To finish, put cheeks in silvery pheasant feathers (same length) on either side of your streamer and apply 3 to 4 layers of varnish to obtain a translucent head.
The second Charly’s fly is also a long streamer called “Orange grey ghost”. Its assembly is very similar to the previous one.
– Long hook #2 (around 2’’) “Paul Leblanc”
– Mounting thread: Uni stretch #270 Red.
– For the ribs: gold Tinsel #7 with 7 to 8 turns around the hook.
– For the belly use roe deer hairs.
– For the back use 5 to 6 fibers of peacock.
Above the peacock, arrange gold crest feathers of the same length of the body.
The breast also consists in gold crest feathers.
For the wings and cheeks, make exactly as for the Paul & Paul:
you need four same length hackles = 2 pairs that must be arranged face-to-face in a convex way. Arrange the wings starting at the head. They have to be of the same length as the rest of the body.
To finish, put cheeks in silvery pheasant feathers (same length) on either side of your streamer. Lastly, for the head, Charly uses red Uni Thread w 6/0.
These streamers succeed like no other in Quebec loughs !!!
Charly recommends to use them on surface at the start of the fishing season and then more deeply (plunging silk). The target fishes are the “Ouananiche” (lakeside trout), the rainbow trout, the brown trout, the “Touladi” trout (truite grise “Touladi” ) and the big speckled trout.