Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer 8xl
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Body: Red floss
Rib: Flat silver tinsel
Belly: Lavender bucktail then red bucktail then white bucktail
Underwing: 6 stands peacock herl then golden pheasant crest
Wing: 2 red hackles flanked by purple hackle
Shoulder: Red mallard flank
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Notes: This is a dark smelt imitation with lots red mixed in. It is a great trolling fly when tied in larger sizes and also perfect for casting in smaller sizes, 4-8. The belly of the fly is comprised of three colors, white, red and lilac, and when drawn through the water produce a cool effect. The lilac tied nearest the body blends seamlessly into the outer purple wing. The white bucktail forms the belly and the mid-line of red suggests a wounded prey item.
Mike Martinek Jr. – In the 1960’s a young Mike Martinek began attending the newly formed United Fly Tyers meetings in his home state of Massachusetts. Enamoured with streamer flies, a frequent subject at these meetings, he began tying the patterns of early streamer masters like Herb Welch, Bill Edson and Carrie Stevens. At one particular meeting, fly historian Austin Hogan took note and offered to take Mike under his wing, showing him the characteristic differences between particular styles of streamers like those of Mrs. Stevens.
[visit Mike’s streamer page on Streamers 365]