feature is part of a series of articles being created
as a group effort by members of the Streamer
List to provide some background information on the species of forage
fish we most commonly try to immitate with streamer patterns. Many thanks
to the list members who contributed patterns and other
information! If you'd like to include one of your favorite smelt patterns
to this feature, we'd be pleased to include it. Just Drop us a line for submittal information.
American Smelt (Osmerus Mordax)
The "king of baitfish", the American Smelt is the inspiration for the vast majority of New England Streamer patterns. Though there are a number of smelt species throughout the world, it's the Atlantic Rainbow Smelt that populates New England's waters, and is the one most-commonly immitated. At some point, I'll write up a more complete description of the smelt, it's range and habitat, and other facts as was done for the other forage fish features in this series, but for now.....On to the patterns!