Anatomy of a Tandem 101

Here in Maine, we have a lot of angling traditions, One of those traditions is trolling tandem streamers just after ice out for Landlocked Salmon. This is a brief tutorial on how I construct the framework of a tandem streamer.

First I choose the hooks to be used. No matter what size I use, I always use a hook one size down for the rear hook. These happen to be size 10 and size 8.

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Next I take a piece of straight mono (this is 20lb) and burn the end so there is a small ball.

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Now I insert the mono into the eye of the hook and tie on at the back of the hook just before the bend.

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Bind the mono to the bottom of the hook shank starting just to the front of the mono ball. The ball acts as an anchoring mechanism to prevent the mono from being pulled off the hook.

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Coat these binding wraps with head cement and wrap back to the tie-in point.

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Tie in the ribbing material. This happens to be medium flat tinsel. Next tie in the body material. This happens to be 4 strand orange floss.

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Now wrap the body and ribbing. Build a nice head just behind the hook eye, whip finish and apply head cement.

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Remove the rear hook from the vise and mount the front hook into the vise. Tie in the thread in a similar location as the rear hook. This next step will help a great deal in aligning the rear hook and mono on top of the front hook shank. Place the mono on top of the front hook where it is to be tied in. Note the spot and make a small flat spot on the mono using the jaws of the vise. This makes it much easier to get the rear hook and mono aligned properly.

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Now burn another ball in the other end of the mono and bind it to the top of the hook in a similar fashion as the rear hook.

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Continue to tie the fly on the front hook using materials long enough to reach the back of the rear hook.

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A Maine classic – Gray Ghost tandem.

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