MARABOU BICENTENNIAL SMELT streamer pattern(s)submitted by Bob Skehan - Marabou Streamer Swap

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Submitted By Bob Skehan

HOOK Mustad 94720, size 6
THREAD Black 6/0
BODY Copper Mylar Braid, Wrapped around hook shank
THROAT White Marabou, To bend of hook.
WING 3 strands each of pearl, blue, and pink Crystal Flash, over which is a medium gray marabou plume.
TOPPING 4 or 5 peacock herls as long as wing.
EYES Painted white with black pupils

Bob's Comments On This Pattern

This pattern is my marabou-casting-conversion of Jim Warner's original featherwing version published in Dick Stewart and Bob Leeman's "Trolling Flies For Trout And Salmon".

The original pattern uses flat copper tinsel for the body, red, white, and blue bucktail for the first layer of the wing, 4 medium blue dun saddle hackles for the rest of the wing, doesn't have a herl topping, and uses jungle cock nails for cheeks instead of the painted eyes.

I substituted the Crystal Flash for the bucktail to add a bit of sparkle to the pattern, and I've always been pleased with the way that this material works with marabou patterns. I added the herl topping because I like streamer patterns with a dark "back". (And most all patterns should have that magical peacock herl in them).

The original pattern rates very high on my list of "smelty" patterns. (Is "smelty" a word?...You know what I mean! )

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