Fly Tying Patterns: Aztec Streamer

Ace of Spades - Fly Tying Pattern
  • Hook: Long Shank - size according to species
  • Thread: Black 8/0
  • Tail: 2 Ply Wool
  • Rib: Fine Wire - Optional
  • Body:2 Ply Wool
  • Wing: 2 Ply Wool

  • Tying Difficulty: Beginner
  • Tied by D. Howard
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Simple and cheap to tie, the Aztec is an incredibly versatile pattern that can be tied in a variety of sizes and colours to target species including; Trout, Salmon, Pike as well as Largemouth Bass, Steelhead and Striped Bass in the USA. With a change of colour it can also be used for saltwater species.

The Aztec was devised by Dick Nelson in 1976 were it appeared in Outdoor Life and Fly Fisherman magazines. It is said that Dick wanted a pattern that kept its profile when retrieved in a similar way to Matuka patterns (see Ace of Spades). He wanted the pattern to be durable yet have plenty of natural action. This he achieved by using tags of nylon wool brushed out into a crest.