BYR Smelt

This pattern was posted on Streamers365.com 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 Streamers365.com: http://streamers365.com/2012/09/252-byr-smelt/

This is the BYR Smelt, a streme pattern employing the use of primary colors. Photo by Darren MacEachern, Streamers365.com.

This is the BYR Smelt, a streamer pattern employing the use of the three primary colors in the wing. Photo by Darren MacEachern, Streamers365.com.

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.”

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4 comments on “BYR Smelt

  1. Peter F. says:

    Very very pretty. Photographs well too.

  2. Kelly L says:

    Great fly there Don!

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