Gray Hackle Peacock – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

This variant from the Gray Hackle series has been used in the Great Smoky Mountain area since at least the 1840s. Thought to have originated on the East and West Fork of the Pigeon River, this was possibly the first soft hackle wet fly introduced to the area.

Hook: #8-12 Wet fly
Thread: Black
Tag: Gold tinsel
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Grizzly hen soft hackle

*** Great Smoky Mountain Fly Tying Books used in this series ***

Hatches and Fly Patterns of the Great Smoky Mountains, by Don Kirk,
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Angler’s Companion, by Ian Rutter,
Southeastern Flies, by L.J. DeCuir,

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Author: Matt O

2 thoughts on “Gray Hackle Peacock – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

  1. Matt…You seem to be interested in the Southern Appalachian/ Great Smoky Mtns. patterns, as am I. Here’s a great pattern and history book written by Don Howell, of some note in Appalachian trout fishing lore. Don is not with us anymore, but he passed along his love and knowledge of the area to his son, Kevin, who happily is with us., and who also contributed to treasury of fly fishing and fly tying in the Smokies. Kevin owns Davidson River Outfitters in Brevard, right beside the entrance to the park. Check out the book. It is worth the $20 in history lessons alone. Here’s the link: Look for “Tying and Fishing Southern Appalachian Trout Flies. Pay attention to the Sheep Fly. It is a stone killer. You can find it on YouTube tied by Kevin.

    1. Jule,

      Thank you for this note! I actually have a copy of Don’s book already, but I did check out their site and there are two other books offered that I do not have. They’re kind of pricey but I may consider picking them up later. I appreciate you watching the channel and commenting!


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