How to Tie the Kennebago Smelt Pattern
Learn how to tie the Kennebago Smelt fly pattern, including step-by-step instructions, a video tutorial, pictures, and much more. Improve your fly-tying skills here.
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This fly originated in the early 1950s by Bud Wilcox who was a Maine Game Warden and guide in the Rangeley lakes area. Originally the wing was tied with black saddle hackle feathers, but this variation uses black marabou. This is a very popular fly for landlocked Salmon in the early spring when the smelt are starting to run and is usually tied in sizes 2-8.
- Hook: Mustad 3665A size 6
- Thread: UTC 70 denier in Black
- Body: UNI-Mylar Tinsel Sliver/Gold size 14
- Rib: Veevus French Oval Silver Tinsel Size Medium
- Belly: Hareline Bucktail in White
- Throat: Hareline Strung Saddle Hackle in Yellow
- Wing: Hareline Bucktail Red
- Hareline Bucktail Blue
- Hareline Marabou Quill in Black
- Topping: Hareline Strung Peacock Herl