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Winnipesaukee Smelt

Posted on March 10 2020

Winnipesaukee Smelt at a Maine fly shop
This month's fly is the Winnipesaukee Smelt. It was created in the mid 1900's by Jim Warner of Wolfeboro New Hampshire. This is a very effective pattern in the spring for fishing during the smelt run. The secret to the fly's productivity is the under wing of lavender. The color matches well the bright shine of the spawning smelt. Especially good on Kennebago Lake.
Hook - streamer size 6-10
Body - Silver mylar tubing
Thread - Black
Underwing - Lavender bucktail or Flashabou
Overwing - White marabou
Wing topping - Black Ostrich herl or Krystal Flash


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