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 the last 90 or so years. A highly visible, high floater, this is a great pattern for some of the region’s fast riffled water.

Hook: #12-18 Dry fly
Thread: Rusty brown or brown
Tail: White calftail
Body: Cream dubbing
Hackle: Brown or ginger dry fly
Wing: White calftail, tied upright and divided

Author: Matt O