Umpqua Smolt

Created by Jeff Morgan


Imitates a salmon or steelhead smolt. Smolts travel downriver in their migration to saltwater. Along the way, they are often eaten by smallmouth bass and other predators.

This pattern also imitates chub, shiners, whitefish, and baby trout. It is useful in trout waters in late summer and early fall.

See the article Baitfish for Smallmouth . . . and Trout.

How to Fish

Use a count-down-and-retrieve presentation with a slow-sinking tip line. Vary the speed of the retrieve. Good places to present the fly are current seam and near structure, such as boulders.

Tying Instructions

1. Debarb hook, place in vice, start thread

2. Tie in crystal chenille

3. Wrap body

4. Tie in white Polar-Aire underwing

5. Tie in pearl Mini-Flash

6. Tie in a clump of gray Polar-Aire

7. Tie in grizzly hackles along sides of fly

8. Tie in red Flashabou gills

9. Build head, whipfinish, and trim.

10. Apply Soft-tex to the head. Allow Soft-tex to get tacky. Apply eyes.

11. Final coat of Soft-tex.

12. Paint black spot on hackle sides of fly (optional).

HOOK: Dai Riki 700, size 4-8


BODY: Pearl crystal chenille

UNDERWING: White Polar Aire

WING: Silver Flashabou over pearl Mini-Flash

OVERWING: Gray Polar Aire

SIDES: Grizzly saddle hackles

GILLS: Red Flashabou

EYES: 3-D molded eyes

HEAD: Soft-Tex or epoxy