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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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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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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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The Backscratch Nymph – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

Not a lot is known about this Smoky Mountain trout fly pattern. It might have originated from the Brown Hackle Fly, a wet fly that…

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Miller Nymph – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

Another pattern from Pat Proffitt of Sevier County, Tennessee, the Miller Nymph is a lightly dressed, easy-to-tie fly that is excellent for the faster waters…

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Fly Tying a Pink Squirrel – Classic American Nymph Pattern

Created by John Bethke (circa early 2000s) of Westby, WI, the Pink Squirrel has found popularity throughout the Driftless region (and the west in general)….

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Pat’s Nymph – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

From legendary fly tier Pat Proffit of Sevier County, Tennessee, Pat’s Nymph is a super easy fly to tie but has been an effective pattern…

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Hot Creek Special – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

Inspired by the Zug Bug, this popular Great Smoky Mountain trout fly was created by Don and Kevin Howell when fishing on the Nolichucky River’s…

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Yellow Bellied Nymph – Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Pattern

There is not a lot known of the history of this nymph pattern other than that it emerged in the 1950 out of Robbinsville, North…

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George Nymph – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Flies

Created by Eddy George of Louisville, Tennessee in 1955, this “cotton top” nymph is a good searching nymph or stonefly imitation. This nymph has been…

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