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Smelt trout fly patterns

Description

Smelt trout fly patterns are designed to represent smelt which is a small fish. Smelt are found in a number of the lakes, particularly in the central North Island and are an important food source for the trout.

In spring to early summer smelt come in close to shore as part of their breeding cycle and are targeted by the trout at this time. Trout will often move very close to shore as they chase the smelt in what can become a feeding frenzy. Anglers will see smelt jumping as they attempt to evade a charging trout or will see large swirls and splashes as trout crash into schools of smelt.

These flies are all developed to imitate the smelt and can be fished from the shore or a boat. They are a good harling fly and are a useful addition to any jigging rig. Sizes 2 - 8

Taupo Tiger

Grey Ghost

Doll Fly

Jack Spratt

Red Setter

Parsons' Glory

SLF Blue Smelt Rabbit

 


Art of Fly Fishing Calendars
1998-2006

© Michael Scheele

Type Streamer
Represents Smelt (a small fish).
See also

Taupo Tiger
Grey Ghost
Dollfly
Jack Spratt
Parsons' Glory
Red Setter
Rabbit patterns

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