BYR Smelt

This pattern was posted on on September 8th, 2012. I never got around to placing it here as well, as I usually do. So here is the BYR Smelt, an original smelt pattern I created earlier this year. Here is the link to the fly on

This is the BYR Smelt, a streme pattern employing the use of primary colors. Photo by Darren MacEachern,

This is the BYR Smelt, a streamer pattern employing the use of the three primary colors in the wing. Photo by Darren MacEachern,

I taught this patterns as a debut to the Gray Ghost Fly Tyers in Yarmouth, Maine, last March while there on a working schedule. Part of the inspiration was Carrie Stevens version of the Silver Doctor. Here is the recipe:

BYR Smelt

Hook:              6x to 8x long standard streamer, sizes #2 to #10

Thread:           Olive Danville 6/0 Flymaster

Tail:                 Red hackle fibers

Rib:                 Embossed silver tinsel (or oval tinsel)

Body:              Flat silver tinsel

Hackle:           White hackle fibers

Wing:              Two blue hackles, with one yellow hackle and one red hackle on each side

Shoulder:        Olive-dyed gray mallard flank

Cheek:             Jungle cock (optional)

Head:              Olive Danville 6/0 Flymaster

Another acronym pattern like the RSP I created; the BYR stands for the first letter of the three primary colors in the wing. It’s pronounced “BY-ER.”

Mary Orvis Marbury – Book Fly Photos

I am really excited and I just have to share this!

Yesterday I downloaded the original photos that I have on my hard drive (also as a back-up to be safe), of the original flies from the plates of Mary Orvis Marbury’s 1892 book, Favorite Flies and Their Histories onto a CD. I was surprised that the say, more than 200, because I’m not sure how many I actually have, fit on one 720M disc. I need to revisit the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont, at some point to complete my photography of the last seven Plates. It turns out that Plate Z is missing from the collection of 32 color plates of original flies.

Anyway, my excitement, is that I fired up my laptop, (new to me, never been used yet), loaded the CD, and am now running the slide show as I type. My desktop monitor is one of those old television-looking models, not a newer flat-screen, that given the advances of electronics every eight minutes or so, is a nice Dell, and is a wide-screen with really good resolution. The photos look far better, revealing more detail, higher clarity, better color, sharper focus, than what I have seen previously on my older “Model-A” computer screen. So my excitement, is that I’m eager to have my table visitors view these photos. The hand-written numbers in ink, and the occasional pattern notations regarding materials in pencil, are all Mary Orvis Marbury’s original hand writing. As I say, this running slide show will make a very nice attraction at my display table.