Smolt

Salmon and steelhead smolts--both wild and hatchery--migrate to the ocean in the spring months. Along the way, they are preyed upon by many species. In the world's greatest salmon highway--the Columbia River--those predators include non-native smallmouth bass. So if you want to catch smallmouth in the Columbia in the spring, a smolt imitation is a good strategy.

Smolt patterns are also useful in the Snake, Umpqua, John Day, and any other river where--for better or worse--smallmouth and salmon coexist. BTW, big trout will take them too.


Characteristics

COLOR: Silvery with a dark back

Click on the fly name to see the pattern. Click on the presentation to learn how to do it.

STAGE PATTERN SIZE/
COLOR
PRESENTATION WHERE
Whitefish Clender Smolt 2-6
pearl
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Blue Smolt 2-6
silver
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Umpqua Smolt 4-8
white
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