#139 – Primary Smelt

#139 Primary Smelt - Ken Craigue Jr.
#139 Primary Smelt - Ken Craigue Jr.

Tied by: Ken Craigue Jr.
Originated by: Ken Craigue Jr.

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer Hook #2 8xl
Thread: White 210 denier
Tag: Holo (pearl) tinsel
Body: Yellow silk
Rib: Holo (pearl) tinsel
Belly: 5-6 peacock herl then lilac and white bucktail
Throat: White turkey flats then shorter red hackle fibers or red marabou (short)
Underwing: Red bucktail under blue bucktail
Wing: Blue hackle flanked by grizzly dyed blue hackle
Shoulder: Wood duck flank
Eyes: Jungle cock
Head: Black lacquered

Notes: The Primary Smelt is one of several from a series of “Primary” flies designed by Ken in 2011. All of the streamers in the series use a red, yellow and blue color scheme, drawing on past creations such as the Footer’s Special and Guide’s Special. The Primary Smelt relies heavily on the blue influence, and with the strong markings of the blue grizzly hackle, this should be cast with confidence.

Ken Craigue, Jr – Ken grew up near the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Melvin Village, NH. As a young boy he fished the big lake and the lakes region. At ten years old, in 1972, Ken discovered fly tying and was immediately hooked.
[visit Ken’s streamer page on Streamers 365]

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2 Comments

  1. Thanks Kelly. This was my fav of the first three in the series. I’m going to see how the fish like them in two weeks here. My 50th b-day present is a week on Mooselook so I’m pretty excited about that.

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