Published Mar 26. 2012 - 8 years ago
Updated or edited Nov 28. 2020

#86 - Dusky Smelt

Tied by: Darren MacEachern Originated by: Don Wilson Sources: Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing - Wilson Pg. 25 Hook: 3907b #4 Thread: White Tag: Silver...

#86 Dusty Smelt - Darren MacEachern


Tied by: Darren MacEachern
Originated by: Don Wilson
Sources: Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing - Wilson Pg. 25

Hook: 3907b #4
Thread: White
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Body: White floss
Belly: White bucktail
Wing: 2 blue hackle flanked by grizzly hackles
Shoulder: Mallard flank
Topping: Peacock herl
Eyes: Jungle cock
Head: Black

Notes: Don designed the streamer as a gradient pattern to imitate the blue phase of the smelt. The fly works well as both a casting streamer or a trolling streamer tied in larger sizes. I am a fan of the dark peacock herl topping, and while they are wet, they behave quite well, but while dry, they can look quite unruly. I use finer herl from eye sticks and tie it with the natural curve of the feather cupping the shape of the hackle.

If you are looking for a copy of Don's book, you can contact Christine Wilson - Adventures in Angling
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Newfields, NH 03856-0322
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Comments

Comment to #86 - Dusky Smelt...

Darren - you tie a nice looking streamer.

Comment to #86 - Dusky Smelt...

Thanks Don! Nice to see you here, and thank-you for the inspiration for many of the patterns.

Comment to #86 - Dusky Smelt...

Nice fly, great colors. Nicely tied!

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