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Aaron Adams - Flyfish@ Smelt Swap


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SMELT #1, SMELT #2
Submitted By Aaron Adams



SMELT #1 Image SMELT #2 Image
SMELT #1 SMELT #2
HOOK Mustad AC9672, Size 4
THREAD White
TAIL White Marabou
BODY Flat Silver Mylar
THROAT Fine White Bucktail or Calftail
WING Light Gray Bucktail, over which are a few strands of Rainbow Flash, outside of which tie one white hackle tip on each side.
TOPPING Dark Gray Bucktail
HOOK Mustad AC9672, Size 4
THREAD White
TAIL White Marabou
BODY White Wool Yarn (or dubbing)
RIB Flat Silver Mylar, Wide
THROAT Fine White Bucktail or Calftail
WING Light Gray Bucktail, over which tie in a few strands of rainbow flash, outside of which tie one white hackle tip on each side.
TOPPING Dark Gray Bucktail


Aaron Adams' Comments On These Patterns


I tied the prototype fly for this pattern while still a resident of St. Croix, VI. My father-in-law, who lives in Ithaca, NY, had told me about the great spring runs of smelt in the tributaries of Cayuga Lake. He described the smelt to me over the phone, I I did my best to imitate the description. That first pattern caught some fish, but was not as consistent as he/I would have liked. He did well dead drifting this fly in the current of the stream outflows.

After moving to Boston in the fall of 1997, I began to do some reading on the local baitfish (fresh and salt water) - what else is there to do during a New England winter? I was able to come up with what I hope is an improved pattern over the prototype. I should here some reports from Ithaca in early April.



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