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. Most Oregon fly shops do not carry smolt imitations, so the are not in Westfly's standard database; however, a local shop might have a recommendation.


COLOR: Silvery with a dark back