Lake Champlain Smelt Fly Pattern
Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley streamer hook #1 8xl
Thread: White 8/0
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Body: Yellow silk
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: Red schlappen then yellow schlappen
Under-wing: Peacock herl
Under-shoulder: Red schlappen then yellow schlappen
Wing: 2 gray hackles flanked by grizzly hackle dyed light blue
Shoulder: Silver pheasant
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Notes: This ghostly smelt pattern is one of Bill’s most successful designs. He first started using the streamer in the 1980’s and found it to perform best when the dark clouds gathered and the waves started rocking the gunnels on Lake Champlain.
Bill Chandler – I have been tying flies since 1978. I discovered fly fishing and fly tying by watching a Canadian angling show one Saturday morning. Since then I have spent a considerable time of my life learning both the old and new techniques of tying flies. I specialize in tying the Classic styles of flies, such as Catskill Dry Flies, Rangeley style Streamers and Classic and Artistic Salmon Flies.
I am a professional tyer, but not a commercial tyer. I refer to myself as a pattern creator and developer. I am always looking for new materials and techniques to create flies for both fresh and salt water anglers.
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