Tied by: Mike Boyer
Originated by: Austin Hogan
Source: Forgotten Flies – Schmookler & Sils
Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer 6xl
Thread: Black 70 denier
Tail: Wood duck
Butt: black ostrich herl
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Belly: Peacock herl and white bucktail (note: no Peacock herl on the fly shown here)
Throat: Brown hackle
Wing: 4 white hackles
Shoulder: Wood duck flank
Cheeks: Jungle cock
Notes: There is a unique balance to this pattern with the wood duck tail and shoulder on each end and framed in white with the wing and belly. The original pattern also calls for peacock herl in the belly, but I’m not sure the pattern needs it. I would however like to see a topping of peacock. I think that would be a nice touch to this beautiful smelt pattern.
Mike Boyer – I started tying flies for Trout in the early 1960’s. My folks bought me a little boxed fly tying kit from the local sporting goods store that included a Thompson vise, some hackles and various body and winging materials. A couple of my father’s friends taught me how to cast a fly, and the obsession with flies and fly fishing began.
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