#78 – Will Ketch

#78 Will Ketch - Robbie Hiltz
#78 Will Ketch - Robbie Hiltz

Tied by: Robbie Hiltz
Originated by: Carrie Stevens
Source: Carrie G. Stevens: Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies; Hilyard Pg 148-149

Hook: Partridge CS15 #4
Body: Gold wide mylar tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: White hackle fibers
Wing: Gray hackle flanked by yellow hackle 1/3 shorter
Shoulder: Blue under red hen feather
Cheek: Jungle cock
Head: Black (Red with black band)

Notes: As is the case in many of Carrie’s streamers, there was not much written down as to the origins of the pattern. The Will Ketch is a fairly straight-forward smelt pattern, and while dry, it looks quite flashy and colorful, when drenched, it presents as a convincing juvinille smelt. No doubt, by tying this streamer on the line, you “will catch” your fair share of salmon. Carrie’s examples of the fly featured a red head finished with a black band, a reversal of her usual signature head.

Robbie Hiltz Robbie Hiltz – Born in 1975 in a lovely little Annapolis Valley town of Berwick, N.S. I grew up fishing behind my grandparents’ house on the North mountain angling for lovely little brook trout. The brook and stream were small as I but back then everything seemed so big. Fast forward 20 years and I was still fishing but the worm and alder was replaced with rapalas and spinning reels and the quarry was now anything that a person could catch.
[visit Robbie’s streamer page on Streamers 365]

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