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post #1 of 10
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If I want to catch lake trout on the fly (they come well within flycasting range in Wachusetts Res. in MA...especially at this time of year where I'm catching them on metals practically at my feet), what are some good flies to use? I'd imagine that some sort of a smelt imitation would be best.

Thanks
post #2 of 10
When I was in school up in Maine we used to throw traditional tandem hooked grey ghost streamers with modest success to landlocks feeding on smelt. I always thought smelt looked a lot like a big, fat spearing....how about Tim's silicone spearing tied to size???

Alan
post #3 of 10
When ever I hear the word smelt I cant help but think Carrie Stevens.
post #4 of 10
I would imagine most patterns would work with a simple color variation.

Crease flies.
Half and halfs
Decievers
Hollo flies

Green top
White bottom
A little silver or lt green flash-bou
post #5 of 10
by my house has an amazing population of thesse fish.

during this time year they are really satrting to feed...

by months end they will hit just about anything...

2 years ago I boated one 9lbs (over 30 inches) on a crease fly/floating line

I have caught them on flatwing/streamers/deciever variants from 3-8 inches

I had a 22 incher eat a 9" fly last year and a 28 incher eat a 3 inch fly....go figure...

I typically fish a head of T-14 (25 feet or so) attatched to a floating running line, a 10 -12 foot leader to 8 lb fluro.....(if I am dredging I shorten leader to 4 feet) This rig fished on a 7 weight seems perfect...
goin friday with my 10 year old boy (jared---he will waste hogs with a crocodile on 6lb test)
post #6 of 10
I take a trip up there every year and we use a variety of different flies. Most of the ghost flies ( grey, black, green, red) work very well. The most luck we have is using a tandom fly called Joe's smelt. The most of the selections of flies that we use are found at gas stations anywhere from Fort Kent to Solider pond.
post #7 of 10


Body: diamond braid
eyes: black bead chain
wing: light blue ultra hair over pearl blue and olive angel hair
throat: white ultra hair

The thing I like about this one is that it actually looks like a smelt.

Jeff
post #8 of 10
The 3 feather flat wing, the RLS series were derived from fresh water smelt patterns.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by albacized
If I want to catch lake trout on the fly (they come well within flycasting range in Wachusetts Res. in MA...especially at this time of year where I'm catching them on metals practically at my feet), what are some good flies to use? I'd imagine that some sort of a smelt imitation would be best.

Thanks


Joe's Smelt!! This book is awesome collections of patterns for smelt.
I would take a look to see if you could seine any of the local fry and then try and matcH
http://www.amazon.com/Smelt-Fly-Patt...e=UTF8&s=books
post #10 of 10
Mcnally's smelt is a good traditional smelt pattern.
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