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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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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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The Pink Lady – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

Created by George LaBranche of New York in the early 1900s, the Pink Lady is an elegant mayfly dry fly pattern that made its way…

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Royal Coachman – Fly Tying a Classic American Dry Fly

Created in 1878 by John Hailey, the Royal Coachman may be the most iconic of original American fly patterns. Typically a general attractor pattern, it…

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Fly Tying a Purple Haze – Classic American Fly Pattern

Andy Carlson, a guide on the Bitterroot River in Montana came up with this pattern which is very similar to a Parachute Adams dry fly,…

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Corey’s Calftail – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

Created by Ralph Corey in the 1920s, this pattern originated in the North but has been a popular trout fly in the Smoky Mountains for…

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Fly Tying the Serendipity – Classic American Fly Pattern

Created by Ross Merigold to fish in trout waters in Montana, the Serendipity has quickly become an American classic fly pattern. At only about 40…

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Fore & After – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

While the exact origins of the Fore and After are mostly a mystery, this pattern is largely unknown outside of the Great Smoky Mountains. This…

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