This variant from the Gray Hackle series has been used in the Great Smoky Mountain area since at least the 1840s. Thought to have originated on the East and West Fork of the Pigeon River, this was possibly the first soft hackle wet fly introduced to the area.
Hook: #8-12 Wet fly
Tag: Gold tinsel
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Grizzly hen soft hackle
*** Great Smoky Mountain Fly Tying Books used in this series ***
Hatches and Fly Patterns of the Great Smoky Mountains, by Don Kirk, https://amzn.to/2HLZuVT
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Angler’s Companion, by Ian Rutter, https://amzn.to/2HQwDQr
Southeastern Flies, by L.J. DeCuir, https://amzn.to/3l0McTG
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