Une Mouche bien Spécial; la Five Stars

     Cinq grand monteurs de mouches québécois s'unissent pour réaliser une Oeuvre D'ART. Chaque monteur crée et monte une étape tout en s'inspirant de l'étape (choix des matériaux, couleurs...) précédente.

Daniel Bolduc, Michel Leblanc, Alain Gagné, Daniel Paquette & Daniel Duval

     Sur la photo nous pouvons voir les cinq Monteurs qui ont réalisé cette beauté, dans l'ordre habituel (gauche à droite) le Maître Monteur; Daniel Bolduc, le Grand Maître Monteur; Michel Leblanc et les Maîtres Monteurs; Daniel Paquette, Alain Gagné et Daniel Duval.

Cinq Étoiles (Five Stars)

La Mouche Five Stars
     My bailiwick is Quebec and Atlantic Canada; Robert Jones is responsible for the rest of the country. A restriction is that patterns he fishing flies. Unfortunately, a few folks missed that instruction and submitted exhibition patterns. So, I thought I might write a few words about this specialized area of fly tying, using one of the submissions as an example.

     Interest in tying "classic" Atlantic salmon patterns or their ilk has grown considerably during the past thirty years. Some of the tyers involved have never even held a fly rod. Learning the tying techniques and assembling the necessary materials is an avocation itself. One impetus for growth has been the several major worldwide tying competitions, the foremost of these going by the impressive title of Championnat Mondial de Montage de Mouches a Saumon (World Championship of Salmon Fly Tying) held annually by the Fédération Québécoise pour le Saumon Atlantic (Quebec Atlantic Salmon Federation). For additional information about the competition, and a look at some winning patterns, visit their Web site at www.saumon-fqsa.qc.ca/Anglais/championship/jury-ang. html.

     There are two kinds of exhibition flies. The first, the classics, is a recognized set of patterns from the 19th and early 20th centuries; by definition, no new classics are possible. The second is exhibition patterns, created along the lines of the classics, but with material and design choices left to the tyer. At the highest level, for those without access to the rare materials needed for the former, the latter offers an avenue for inventive and creative expression.

     For most purposes one need not he put off tying the classics by the unavailability of the original materials. Many substitutes can he purchased, and experimenting with common feathers and dyes will yield others. A typical example is the replacement of swan by goose, a substitution only detectable by the most knowledgeable of critics.
The following pattern submitted for Fly Patterns of Canada is unique, in that it was created by five Quebec tiers—hence the name. Cinq Étoiles (Five Stars). They are Daniel Bolduc, Daniel Paquette, Alain Gagné and Daniel Duval. Try your hand at reproducing it, or even better, use the ideas to wrap your own.

fly pattern

» Hook: Blind-eye salmon with gut eye.
» Tag: Copper wire followed by chartreuse kristal flash.
» Tail: Tip of purple goose shoulder feather.
» Butt: Grizzly and black hackle.
» Ribs: (Rear) Black floss with fine oval silver tinsel on each side.
» Body: (Rear half) Four turns of coppere wire followed by burnt orange floss.
» Veilling: (Top and bottom) Barred wood duck dyed purple.
» Butt: (Middle) Peacock herl followed by grizzly and black hackle.
» Ribs: (Front) Flat blue tinsel followed by fuorescent pink wool.
» Body: (Front half) Purple floss.
»Throat: (First) Married strips of orange goose and peacock wing.
» Butt: (Front) Black ostrich herl.
» Throat: (Second) Guinea dyed orange.
» Wing: Married strips of claret goose, purple goose and peacock wing, topped with a section of Lady Amhrest pheasant side tail.
» Checks: Barred wood duck dyed orange above a Lady Amhrest pheasant neck feathers dyed orange.
» Topping: Golden Pheasant crest orange.
» Head: Black.


» By Paul Marriner
» The Canadian Fly Fisher, January/March 2004.