#180 – Bicentennial Smelt

#180 Bicentennial Smelt - Jim Warner

#180 Bicentennial Smelt – Jim Warner

Tied by: Jim Warner
Originated by: Jim Warner
Source: Trolling Flies for Trout and Salmon; Dick Stewart & Bob Leeman 1982 pg.39

Hook: Mustad 94720 #4
Thread: Black 6/0
Body: Copper flat tinsel
Belly: White marabou
Underwing: Mixed red, white and blue bucktail
Wing: 4 grey dun hackles
Eye: Jungle cock
Head: Black

Notes: The pattern was developed by Jim in 1976 after it was suggested by his friend Roger Conant that he should create a streamer to honor the United States bicentennial. Roger suggested “Why don’t you tie a bicentennial fly, everybody’s got a bicentennial something?”, and so Jim set to the vise. He choose a copper body because of the success copper flies had obtained in Winnipesaukee, the tri-colored underwing, the colors of the flag, and the grey dun wing being the traditional New England favorite.

Jim WarnerJim Warner – My fly-tying has been listed in several books: Dick Stewart’s Trolling Flies for Trout & Salmon; Dick Surette’s Trout and Salmon Fly Index; Don Wilson’s Smelt Fly Dressings; Mike Martinek’s Streamer Fly Patterns for Trolling & Casting 1 & 2; many periodicals such as On The Water, UFT, etc; and many newspaper articles…. too many to describe.
Jim Warner @globalflyfisher | Lake Winnipesaukee Travel Guide | Jim Warner on EBay
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2 Responses to #180 – Bicentennial Smelt

  1. Kelly L says:

    Very nice work! I am a big fan of copper, and red, white, and blue!

  2. Wonderful streamer. There’s another lake in the north country where copper rules.

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