ted patlen wrote:multiple hook rigs have been with us for years...
two flies, three hooks, single and double trailers, single and treble trailer...
This is true. Usually, my experience is that the multiple rigs involved multiple tippets via tag ends. Or sometimes the process involves tying the trailing fly to the bend of the lead hook--. There are so many variations of the dropper rig, or multiple wet flies--but I haven't seen or or read about anyone doing it with streamers--though I can imagine it's surely been done. If you have any online or printed source for me, I'd love to read it. Probably nothing we do today is original anyhow--the antecedents are in spread throughout history.
When I tie the gang streamers, I tie the heavy mono into the butt of the streamer so that it exits like this:
The mono's about 16 inches long--and to this end gets tied another streamer--. They get stored and carried in an old Hardy cast case so the mono can straighten easily and doesn't get kinked:
I still need to perfect this--lighter mono, smaller flies, maybe less than 16 inches between them--and like I said, it's only for a certain situation--but tinkering around like this is part of the fun.