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Morten Valeur's pike streamer

Can that catch a pike...!?

By Martin Joergensen

Morten's own pike streamer
Morten's own streamer in blue and purple

Incredible movement
This amazing fly is ment for pike. It's caught a lot already on the line of originator Morten Valeur who states that this is one of the few flies he can truly call his own.
The material which gives the wet fly an incredible movement is a mylar like type of flash straw, and a single fly comsumes a lot of material. The colors are almost indifferent, but Morten prefers golden and copper colors.

Head and tippet loop
The streamer is best attached with a loop such as this Duncan loop

No body
The pike streamer has a tail and two 'hackle' sections made in dubbing loops. There's no body as such, just the bare shank between the two hackles.
The process of making those is not easy, but with some patience and practice the result will be fine. Use lots of varnish between tying steps. Pike are rough on the flies, and it pays of being a littel meticulous.

Two golden pike streamers
Two golden pike streamers. The lower one has no gold bead which saves some weight.

Materials
Hook Large pike streamer hook sizes 2/0 to 6/0
Bead Large round gold bead
Thread To match materials
Tail Mylar flash 1½ times hook lenght
Hackles Two times three bunches of mylar straw
Color 1 - short
Color 2 - medium
Color 1 - long

Instructions for wing section:
  1. Press down the barb
  2. Slip the bead over the hook bend.
  3. Start the thread in the rear of the hook
  4. Cut a bunch of flash in one color and tie in as a tail 1½ times hook length
  5. Make a large dubbing loop and attach dubbing spinner
  6. Advance the thread to the bead behind the hook eye
  7. Cut two bunches of mylar flash - one in each selected color
  8. Cut one in the middle and the second in one third and two thirds

      How to cut the bunches
    Cut three bunches like this

  9. Save one of the middle sections
  10. Put a long bunch in the loop close to the hook shank
  11. Follow by a medium bunch and a short one

      How to order the bunches
    The longest bunch is closest to the hook shank

  12. Spin the loop horizontally making shure that the long fibers do not tangle
  13. Grab the loop in a hackle plier and cut off dubbing spinner
  14. Groom and order the fibers with a bodkin or needle
  15. Turn the hackle in close turns, carefully stroking back the fibers
  16. Unwind the thread to the point where the hackle ends and tie down
  17. Cut off surplus
  18. Make a whip finish and varnish the knot
  19. Advance the thread to a point behind the bead
  20. Prepare a second bunch of mylar flash cutting it in one third and two thirds
  21. Repeat the dubbing loop routine this time ending up right behind the bead
  22. Whip finish, cut thread and varnish behind the bead

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Pike Flies
Large and gaudy flies for the toothy predators of the northern hemisphere.