The Marabou Smelt is a fly pattern created by author Dick Stewart. This pattern can be found on page 107 of Trolling Flies for Trout & Salmon authored by Dick Stewart and Bob Leeman. http://amzn.to/2CxAXMN
The Marabou smelt is a baitfish imitation that has been effective for Maine’s landlocked salmon and trout species. Tie this fly pattern in larger sizes (#4 and lager) for the traditional trolling method of fishing and use smaller sizes (#6-10) as casting flies.
Marabou Smelt Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad L87-3665a #2-10 or another streamer hook
Thread: Black FWN (210 denier)
Body: Silver flat tinsel
Thread: Black 6/0 (140 denier)
Wing: White bucktail, white marabou, and light blue marabou
Topping: 4-6 peacock herls
Eyes: Jungle cock nails or painted eyes
There are also a few auctions for some antique streamer hooks with some Allcock 1810 hooks. The first auction includes some #2 Allcock 1810 8xl hooks. The perfect Carrie Stevens streamer hook, and some small 3xl Allcock 1810. The second auction includes a box of 6xl #6 Allcock 1810 hooks (125 pieces) and a box of mislabelled hooks. The box is for the coveted 2811 Allcock streamer hooks, but the hooks in the box are an up-eye salmon hook. They may be Allcock, but I can’t be certain. The 125 #6 1810 hooks would be worth the price at around $125-200.
Hook: #2 8xl Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Steamer
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Body: Orange floss / silk
Ribbing: Fine flat silver tinsel
Belly: 6 strands of peacock herl followed by a small bunch of white bucktail
Throat: Golden pheasant crest (white schlappen)
Underwing: A long golden pheasant crest extending past the hook bend
Wing: 4 grey hackles
Shoulder: Silver pheasant
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black (with red band optional)
Ryan Houston – I am a Veterinary surgeon working in Co. Fermanagh in Northern Ireland but if I didn’t have to work I would spend all day fishing and tying flies. I grew up fishing the river Lagan and we had an active competetion scene that forced me to become innovative in my fishing and fly tying. I won the ITFFA national rivers championship and represented Ireland at age 20 then 2 years later I repeated that success. Ryan Houston Fly Tying
[visit Ryan’s streamer page on Streamers 365]
It is the official fly of the Alaska Flyfishers and has a storied past. I used a few hooks from my Mustad 9575 collection for this video. The hook is a similar style to the Mustad 3665A but has a looped down eye which makes for a nice spot to secure a hair wing.
The Canada streamer is another pattern from streamer tyer Alan “Alberta Al” Grombacher. The Canada is Alan’s ode to the famous red and white daredevil spoon. It is also a fly tied to honour his adopted Country, Canada, which he loves dearly. The fly is a great streamer for mountain lakes and can be used as a casting streamer when tied on smaller sizes and as a trolling streamer in larger sizes.
Hook: #6 Mustad 36808
Thread: White 210 d FWN
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Body: Red floss/silk
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
Belly: Red bucktail
Throat: Red schlappen
Underwing: Peacock herl
Wing: 2 white hackles flanked by red hackles
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Red 6/0
The Maligne Laker’s red and olive wing is an absolute slammer for fishing mountain brook and rainbow trout. Alan “Alberta Al” Grombacher designed the fly for the hard hitting trout of Maligne Lake. Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada is home to Maligne Lake. The lake has the distinction of producing book trout in excess of 10lb and rainbows over 20lb.
Shang’s Special is one of 3 streamer patterns named in honor of Charles E. Wheeler by Mrs. Stevens. I’ve put together a tutorial on how I tie this streamer including how I assemble the wing. This is a unique streamer in that the wing is made from a large jungle cock nail rather than a hackle. Hope that you like this and I hope to bring more down the road.
Shang’s Special Rangeley Streamer Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer 6xl
body: Flat silver tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Underwing: 6 strands peacock herl
Wing: 2 complete jungle cock nails
Shoulder: Red hen or duck
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Red (red with black band)
Darren ties the Rocky Mountain Tadpole during a live Youtube tying demo. Below are some shortcut links to various parts of the fly if you want to skip ahead. The video is on the long side at 50 minutes, but covers the assembly of the Rangeley / Stevens style fly from start to finish. The fly is not as fully dressed as a Gray Ghost, but includes many of the steps required to tie Carrie Stevens fly patterns including the assembly of the streamer wing separate from the fly.
Start of the fly: https://youtu.be/6RZ1QH2IESo?t=5m33s
Tying in the belly: https://youtu.be/6RZ1QH2IESo?t=21m02s
Constructing the wing: https://youtu.be/6RZ1QH2IESo?t=24m26s
Tying on the wing: https://youtu.be/6RZ1QH2IESo?t=42m35s
Finishing the head: https://youtu.be/6RZ1QH2IESo?t=44m25s