#86 – Dusky Smelt

#86 Dusty Smelt - Darren MacEachern
#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
Attn: Christine D. Wilson 84 Main Street
Newfields, NH 03856-0322
Phone: 603-772-5009
Fax: 603-772-7028
Email: cmdwilson@comcast.net

Darren MacEachern – Darren has been fishing from the age of 4 all across Canada. He started on the east coast in Prince Edward Island before moving west to the banks of the Bow River in Calgary Alberta. He now resides just outside of Toronto, fishing the Great Lakes and the fine tributary waters around.
Daily Fly Tyer | Streamers 365 | Fly Fusion
[visit Darren’s streamer page]

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