Month: October 2020

Posted in Great Smoky Mountain Series Nymphs The Flies

The Infallible – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

A true Great Smoky Mountain/Appalachian original, the Infallible was created by Cato Holler (1903-2001). A legend of North Carolina fly fishermen and fly tiers, Cato…

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Posted in Dry Flies Great Smoky Mountain Series The Flies

Wickham’s Fancy Dry – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

Created by Dr. T.C. Wickham of Winchester, England in the 1880s, this fly has been popular in the Great Smoky Mountains since at least the…

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Posted in Book Reviews Contests

Book Review – Tying the Founding Flies by Mike Valla

By one of my favorite fly tiers and Authors, Mike Valla’s “Tying the Founding Flies” is an excellent companion to his earlier “The Founding Flies.”…

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Posted in Dry Flies The Flies

Fly Tying the X-Caddis – Classic American Trout Pattern

Created by Craig Matthew and John Juracek of West Yellowstone, Montana in 1980, the X-Caddis is a great imitation when the fish are keying on…

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Stonfo Razor Tool Review

Now I’ve never been very good at shaping deer hair bodies but I just picked up this tool and will say, this does make it…

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Posted in The Flies Wet Flies

Fly Tying a Gray Hackle Yellow – Classic Soft Hackle Wet Fly Pattern

The Gray Hackle Yellow, a variant of the 300 year old Gray Hackle Peacock is a traditional soft hackle tied almost akin to the North…

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Fly Tying For Beginners – Book Review and Giveaway

Hey fly tiers! Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be giving away five copies of Peter Gathercole’s “Fly Tying for Beginners” today (Oct 25, 2020). If…

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Posted in Dry Flies Great Smoky Mountain Series The Flies

Cataloochee Copperhead – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

Credited to Kirk Jenkins from Newport, Tennessee, this pattern was originally called a Honey Quill and eventually changed to the Cataloochee Copperhead when he started…

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John’s Woolly Worm – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

John Turner of Lenoir, NC came up with this fly and is credited with being the first fly tier in the Great Smoky Mountains to…

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Fly Tying Book Review – Essential Trout Flies by Dave Hughes

One of the best fly tying books available. A perfect primer for the beginner as well as an excellent reference for the more advanced tiers….

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