Tied by: Benoit Farcy
Originated by: Henry McGowan
Memphremagog Smelt Streamer Recipe
Hook: Mustad 94720 #2
Thread: White 8/0
Body: Orange silk floss
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: Red hackle fibers
Wing: Yellow bucktail under purple bucktail
Topping: 3-4 peacock herl
Cheek: patridge back feather
Notes: Straddling the boarder of Quebec and Vermont, Lake Memphremagog has a healthy population of smelts which are preyed upon by landlocked salmon, bass, trout and other apex predators. Trolling the streamer is a common method of fishing the deeper waters. McGowan declared that “Any damn fool can do … dragging a sliver of tin through deep water on a metal line for rainbows, lakers and such”. McGowan was a Memphremagog guide and developed the streamer around 1930.
Benoit Farcy – Benoit has been fly fishing since the age of 5, this is now his primary method of fishing for freshwater species. He has been tying flies since 2009. He started initially out of frustration with the quality and selection of commercially availble flies.
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