Month: October 2020

Posted in Nymphs The Flies

Fly Tying an Olive Sedge – Classic American Caddis Nymph

From Dave Hughes’ “American Fly Tying Manual” of 1986, the olive sedge is a simple lightly-weighted caddis nymph. The color of the body can be…

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Posted in The Flies Wet Flies

Fly Tying a Waterhen Bloa – Classic Soft Hackle Wet Fly

One of the original North Country Spiders, the Waterhen Bloa soft hackle was introduced in the Yorkshire area (Northern England) and has been a successful…

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Fly Tying a Little Yellow Stone – Classic American Dry Fly Pattern

From Dave Hughes’ “American Fly Tying Manual,” the Little Yellow Stone is a two-hackled generic stonefly imitation for matching the yellow sallies or any of…

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Posted in Dry Flies Great Smoky Mountain Series The Flies

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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Posted in Nymphs The Flies Wet Flies

Fly Tying a Bloody Alder – Classic American Soft Hackle Wet Fly Pattern

One of the oldest trout fly patterns in existence, the Alder wet fly is at least as old as Dame Juliana Berners historic book “A…

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Fly Tying a Doc Spratley – Classic American Soft Hackle Wet Fly

Created in the Pacific Northwest in 1949 by Dick Prankard of Mt. Vernon, WA, the Doc Spratley wet fly has become one of the most…

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Posted in Great Smoky Mountain Series Nymphs The Flies

Blackburn Tellico Nymph – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

Created by noted fly tier Rick Blackburn in the 1970’s, the Blackburn Tellico is a variant of the 100-year-old original nymph that originated on the…

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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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Posted in Dry Flies The Flies

Fly Tying a Madam X – Classic American Trout Pattern

Created by Doug Swisher in the 1980s, the Madam X has quickly become one of the top American fly patterns. A very versatile dry fly,…

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Fly Tying a Henryville Special – Classic American Dry Fly Pattern

Hiram Brobst of Palmerton, Pennsylvania created this pattern in the 1920s after spotting an old unnamed English sedge pattern from the 18th century. He altered…

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