#252 – BYR Smelt

#252 BYR Smelt - Don Bastian
#252 BYR Smelt – Don Bastian

Tied by: Don Bastian
Originated by: Don Bastian

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley streamer hook 6xl #1
Thread: Brown
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Ribbing: Embossed silver tinsel
Throat: White hackle fibers
Wing: 2 silver Dr. blue hackles flanked by yellow hackle flanked by red hackle
Shoulder: Mallard flank dyed olive
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Brown

Notes: Don created the BYR Smelt in March 2012 and bases the colors of the fly on Carrie Stevens’ Silver Doctor. The embossed tinsel ribbing over the silver tinsel body was used be different, and to add more flash the the colorful pattern. A white throat was used to bring in more of the baitfish look as is the fishy looking mallard shoulder. Don kept the dressing somewhat sparse, opting out of the bucktail belly and gratuitous use of peacock herl. The Blue, Yellow and Red colors found in the wing mimic the iridescence of smelt scales.

Don BastianDon Bastian – Don was born and has lived in Pennsylvania all his life. He started fishing at about the same time he learned to walk. He has been tying flies and fly fishing since 1964. He has taught fly tying classes since 1987, has 16 years guiding experience, and has been operating his business, Bastian’s Angling Specialties since 1983.
Don Bastian Wet Flies | Don’s MyFlies.com profile
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5 Comments

  1. Hi Kelly, Dave, and Joel;
    Thank you all for your compliments and comments on my BYR Smelt! I appreciate very much that you like the pattern, and took the time to comment! Thanks again!

  2. Don, that is an absolute killer pattern. I LOVE IT. The colors are to die for. The profile it gorgeous. Artfully tied. A definite WINNER!

  3. Don, That is a real beauty! I like the lack of belly and herl. This pattern doesn’t need it. Looks like a fishy meal in an of itself.
    Chees, Joel

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