Tied by: Robert Galante
Originated by: Herb Welch
Source: Streamer Fly Tying & Fishing by Joseph D. Bates, Jr, – Pg 293-294
Hook: Allcock 2811 8xl #4
Tail: Orange hackle fibers
Butt: Peacock herl, light blue silk, peacock herl (rear 1/3 of hook)
Body: Flat gold tinsel
Rib: Silver oval tinsel (over body only)
Throat: Orange hackle fibers
Wing: Red hackle flanked by badger hackle
Eyes: Jungle cock
Notes: This is an early Maine streamer designed by Herb Welch. The streamer was named for the Kennabago Stream, one of the famous waters located in the Rangeley region of Maine. Herb is well known in streamer circles and he developed many streamers including the infamous Black Ghost.
Rob says “I love this fly in the spring when the brookies become active. The red in the wing and the flash from the tinsel body are weaknesses for both Salmon and Brookies. A great black nosed dace pattern that works well where big trout feed.
Mr. Welch’s streamers had wings that were longer than conventional ties. I personally like my wings a little shorter to eliminate short strikes. The Kennebago is
a fun fly to tie as well as to fish.”
For more information on Herb Welch’s streamers, you can check out the article on Global Fly Fisher. Herbie Welchs Streamers.
Robert Galante – I’m a 55 year old fly tier who has been behind the vise since I was 12. I enjoy tying flies of all styles and most recently have been experimenting with wet flies. Both wet flies made popular by Ray Bergman/Don Bastian and the style of wet flies that are commonly fished in the UK. I do love Streamers for their beauty and there ability to catch fish.
[visit Robert’s streamer page on Streamers 365]