I'm well into an order from a gentleman for almost 200 flies for his trip to the Gaspe' rivers this summer. Several, more generally known in that region than the Miramichi where I fish, I've not tied before. The Picasse is one of those flies. Originated by guide Marc LeBlanc (one of his many effective creations), the fly started life looking more like a streamer than the spey-type fly it is now. My french (and Italian and English!) speaking fishing buddy John Miniaci from Montreal added this about the fly:
"Story goes that it was named by a fellow guide that found the fly sank like
an "anchor" (Picasse translates to "anchor"). Marc wanted something that would be a durable, fast fly to tie
that his sports would find hard to destroy from bad casts or fish.
Originally, it was tied with clear mono & bucktail with lady amherst
Marc very generously took the time to send me a photo of the fly as he now ties it. This is my rendition:
That fly is tied on a number 7 Daiichi 2059, with the blue finish. The body is black vinyl D-ribbing, the wing is yellow hair under sparse black flash under black hair. The hackle is blue eared pheasant with a silver pheasant collar. Jungle cock eyes and a black head finish the fly off.
A herd ready to head to the Gaspe, tied on number 3, 5 and 7 Daiichi 2059's and Partridge Salar number 9's:
I tied a few for myself, too. It looks too good not to work in the Miramichi system!