The Neptune Streamer

The Neptune Streamer was originally used for large brook trout in Labrador.

Since its inception, it has also been used successfully for numerous other species. I have always had good fishing with this attractor streamer.

All you need is oval tinsel, flat tinsel and badger saddle hackles.

The wing uses four badger saddle hackles and the collar uses two to three badger spade hackles. All saddle hackles for the wing should be the same size.

The saddle hackles are the long feathers at the top of the saddle neck; the spade hackles are the short wide hackles at the bottom of the neck. The original Neptune called for natural white badger hackles, but I have substituted saddle hackles dyed red.

Be sure to tie a lot of these flies in the original colour and any bright colour of your choice.

For fishing in the lakes and rivers of the Yukon, olive cree (middle fly in the left column) would work well on grayling and lake trout.

For Alaska, I would try green, chartreuse, pink, fuchsia, blue and shrimp-dyed saddles (the larger the better).

Chum salmon should like green and chartreuse and Coho salmon pink and blue.

Tie these in your favourite colours, too. They work and are fairly easy to tie, but they aren’t very durable. The hardest part is getting the wing to stay upright (step 3).


Hook: Mustad 9671, size 2 (or any similar streamer hook)

Thread: Black UNI-thread 8/0

Rib: Silver oval tinsel

Body: Silver flat tinsel

Wing: Four badger saddle hackles dyed red, with four to six red Krystal Flash strands

Hackle: Two or more badger spade hackles, dyed red

Head: Clear cement


Step 1

Make a good base by wrapping thread over the hook shank.

Tie in the oval tinsel along the hook shank.

Tie in the flat tinsel in the middle of the shank (not at the end).

Step 2

Wrap the flat tinsel backward to where the oval tinsel is tied in and then reverse, tying the flat tinsel toward the eye at a spot leaving enough space for the three spade hackles to be tied in collar style.

Wrap the oval tinsel forward making two turns for the tag and wrap forward to where you tied off the flat tinsel.

Prepare four equal-sized saddle hackle feathers (two on each side facing in).

Trim off the butt sections and cut off the fibres at the butt end.

Step 3

Tie in these four saddle hackles holding them on top until they are securely anchored.

Wind the thread under the hackles at the back and then over top of the hackles.

This will get the hackles to stay at an angle to the shank.

Tie in the four to six Krystal Flash strands on both sides of your hackles.

Step 4

Tie a spade hackle in by the tip and wrap forward about two to three turns.

If the hackle is big enough, just grab it with your fingers and wrap.

For small hackles, use a pair of hackle pliers.

Wrap your thread back through the hackle, pull back on the fibres and secure it.

Step 5

Repeat Step 4, tying in two or more spade hackles.

Finish the head with a whip finishing tool and use head cement or lacquer of your choice.

Bruce Ross has been hooked on fly fishing and tying his own flies since the early 1970s and has fished throughout Canada and the US. Contact him at [email protected]

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