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Black Winter Caddis – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

The Black Winter Caddis is a super easy fly pattern tied to imitate the tiny dark caddis that hatch between December and March in many…

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White Moth Dry Fly – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

This 75 year old pattern from western North Carolina is an easy-to-tie fly that is a great option for those late evenings when the sun…

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The Early Nelson – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

This pattern is thought to have been introduced to the Great Smoky Mountains by Cap Weise prior to WWII. Likely originating in England and named…

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Fly Tying a Little Brown Stone – Classic American Stonefly Pattern

From Dave Hughes’ 1986 “American Fly Tying Manual,” this Little Brown Stonefly is an easy-to-tie but super effective stonefly pattern. In the mid-Atlantic and Northeast…

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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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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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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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October Caddis – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

While not a Great Smoky Mountain original, this version of a caddis dry fly has been very popular in the park for decades. These caddis…

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Smoky Mountain Forked Tail – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

This Great Smoky Mountain original pattern likely came from the Tennessee side of the park near Cosby and is at least 100 years old. The…

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