Memphramagog Smelt Streamer Pattern(s)submitted By Lindsey Grandison - Smelt Pattern Feature

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Submitted By Lindsey Grandison

TAIL a section of barred wood duck or mandarin duck body feather
BODY medium flat silver tinsel
RIB narrow oval silver tinsel
THROAT beneath the shank are a few strand of white bucktail extending beyond the length of hook, beneath this is a small section of red swan or goose wing feather nearly as long as the bucktail
WING a small bunch of white bucktail over which is a small bunch of yellow bucktail over which is a small bunch of lavender bucktail
TOPPING five or six strands of peacock herl as long as the wing
SHOULDER gray mallard feather
COMMENT Named after Memphramagog Lake in Quebec, Canada. From the comments in Bates it is suggested that this fly originated as the Governor Aiken, a former governor and senator from Vermont. Although not widely used in Vermont it became popular in the lake region of Canada that border on Vermont. The Governor Aiken evolved into this current version which includes yellow in the wing and a mallard feather as a shoulder. Both are considered to very accurately imitate the coloration of smelt.

Originator and Pattern Source: Originator unidentified. “Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing” by Joseph D. Bates Jr. The Stackpole Company, Harrisburg, PA. 1966. Also given in “Smelt Fly Patterns” by Donald A. Wilson. Frank Amato Publications, Inc., Portland Oregon, 1996

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