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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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Squirrel Hair Nymph – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

An olive variant of Dave Whitlock’s famous Red Fox Squirrel Hair Nymph that has been popular in the Great Smoky Mountains since its inception in…

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Fly Tying an AP Emerger – Modern American Soft Hackle

Created by Denny Rickards in the early 1990s, the AP (All Purpose) Emerger is an effective stillwater fly for big trout, but can also be…

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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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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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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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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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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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