DOUG’S SMELT FLY

 

DOUG’S SMELT FLY

 

Materials:

Thread: White Danville flat waxed nylon

Hook: #2 Tiemco 811s, Daiichi 2546 or equivalent

Eyes: Black, 7/32” machined brass hourglass tied opposite the hook point (This placement reduces sand blasting of the tippet to fly knot.)

Eye cover: Clear craft lace (Rexlace)

Belly: White Fishhair or Unique Hair – teased out to a taper 4 to 5 inches long

Wing: From the bottom layer – up:

  • Pinch of pearl blue Angel Hair 6” to 7” long
  • 8 to 10 strands of pearl Flashabou approx. 7” long
  • Pinch of pearl blue Angel Hair about 6” to 7” long
  • Small inch of blue ice Angel Hair – Use a length that is twice the length of the rest of the wing. Tie it in at the middle and wind the thread forward to the eye of the hook. Pull the Angel Hair forward and tie off short of the hook eye. Pull the Angel Hair back and wind the thread back tying the hair off in front of the brass eyes.
  • Pinch of pearl blue Angel Hair about 6” to 7” long
  • Thin pinch of chartreuse Angel Hair – Use a length that is twice the length of the rest of the wing. Tie it in at the middle and wind the thread forward to the eye of the hook. Pull the Angel Hair forward and tie off short of the hook eye. Tie in some medium size, clear vinyl rib (flat side down), fold back to the eyes and wind the thread back. Fold the Angel Hair back on itself and tie down at the same place the vinyl rib was anchored. Wind the thread forward using open spirals of the thread back to the eye of the hook. Wind the vinyl rib forward and tie off. The colors of the top layers of the wing should show through.

Head: White Danville flat waxed nylon – Unwind the twist of the thread so it is flattened and wind on a tapered head. Use 30-minute epoxy to secure all thread wraps and cover the vinyl rib. The body should be tapered from the eyes to the hook eye.

Collar: Pale blue Super Hair – Retie the thread behind the brass eyes and wrapped over the wing material to the bend in the hook and just behind the hook bend. Tie in a 3” bunch of the Super Hair on top of and on the near side of the fly behind the brass eyes. Pull the Super Hair down in front of the brass eyes and under the fly, in front of the brass eyes on the other side of the fly and tie it in on top of and on the far side of the hook. Trim the collar to about and inch in length. The purpose of this collar is to help prevent the wing from fouling around the hook bend.