Fly Tying the Haystack – Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Pattern

One of Frances Betters’ original patterns, the Haystack was created in the 1950s on the Ausable River in the Adirondack region. This high-floating dry fly found its way to the southern Appalachia and has been a popular fish-catcher in the area since.

This pattern predated the comparadun and by varying the colors can imitate any number of mayflies– the Quill Gordon, March Brown or Hendrickson.

Hook: #12-18 dry fly
Thread: Black or to match body
Tail: Deer hair
Body: Natural or synthetic dry fly dubbing
Wing: Deer hair, tied upright in a 180 degree arc

Author: Matt O