Tied by: Eunan Hendron
Originated by: Gray Wolf
Source: Streamer Source: Tying Classic Freshwater Streamers, Klausmeyer (2004), Pg. 119
Gray Wolf’s Llama Hair Chapman’s Smelt Recipe
Hook: 4xl streamer hook #2-#8
Thread: Black 8/0
Body: Highlander Green floss
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Wing: White llama hair with pearl krystal flash, then gray llama hair with black krystal flash, then olive llama hair with rainbow krystal flash
Shoulder: Mallard flank
Eye: Jungle cock
Notes: The Gray Wolf’s Llama Hair Chapman’s Smelt streamer is another pattern from the series of streamers Gray Wolf has developed using llama hair in the wing. Llama hair was used in place of marabou in a number of patterns based on it’s movement, water absorption and durability. The pattern was intro ducted to the line of streamers in 2005 and was intended to be an imitative pattern to drive big fish wild. The colours blend beautifully when they get wet and the layered flash embedded into the wing give the fly some extra life and glint in the light.
Eunan Hendron – I’ve been tying flies since I was about 10 or 11, a direct progression from fishing stillwater team competitions with my father as a young boy. I began tying classic flies (wet, streamer and atlantic salmon) towards the end of 2011, having never tied them before. A pretty steep learning curve, not for the feint of heart, but many thanks are due to the members of various forums who gave me tips and constructive criticism to aid my progression.
Eunan’s Addicted to Vise blog
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