#224 – Needle Smelt

#224 Needle Smelt - Glenn Peckel
#224 Needle Smelt - Glenn Peckel

Tied by: Glenn Peckel
Originated by: Ora Smith
Source: Trolling Flies for Trout and Salmon; Dick Stewart & Bob Leeman 1982 pg.79

Hook: Mustad 3665A
Body: Embossed silver tinsel
Wing: Golden yellow imitation bucktail under four dark grey saddle hackles
Throat: White bucktail
Shoulder: Jungle cock
Eye: Painted white with black pupil
Head: Black

Notes: The Needle Smelt is also known as the Pinhead Smelt. If you happen to check the recipe in Trolling Flies for Trout and Salmon, you will notice the throat is absent in the description, but present in the image. Glenn’s attention to detail helps to fill in some of the gaps. Glenn has put together an amazing set of 12 Ora Smith streamers as his contribution to the Streamers 365 project. We will be auctioning them all together as a set near the end of the project.

Glenn PeckelGlenn Peckel – I started fly tying shortly after going with a friend whose father had arranged for us to spend a day with a co-worker of his who fly-fished. It was early May and Hendrickson’s were hatching on his local stream. He showed us the book “Selective Trout “ and then he tied a gold ribbed hare’s ear wet fly. Watching him fish that fly and seeing the trout that he landed was as magical a moment as I have ever seen.
[visit Glenn’s streamer page]

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