Published Feb 28. 2015 - 6 years ago
Updated or edited Nov 28. 2020

Lake Champlain Smelt

Bill's Lake Champlain Smelt - Bill Chandler Tied by: Bill Chandler Originated by: Bill Chandler Lake Champlain Smelt Fly Pattern Hook: Gaelic Supreme...

Bill's Lake Champlain Smelt - Bill Chandler Bill's Lake Champlain Smelt - Bill Chandler


Tied by: Bill Chandler
Originated by: Bill Chandler

Lake Champlain Smelt Fly Pattern


Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley streamer hook #1 8xl
Thread: White 8/0
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Body: Yellow silk
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: Red schlappen then yellow schlappen
Under-wing: Peacock herl
Under-shoulder: Red schlappen then yellow schlappen
Wing: 2 gray hackles flanked by grizzly hackle dyed light blue
Shoulder: Silver pheasant
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

Notes: This ghostly smelt pattern is one of Bill's most successful designs. He first started using the streamer in the 1980's and found it to perform best when the dark clouds gathered and the waves started rocking the gunnels on Lake Champlain.
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