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 South Toe River branch in Yancey County, North Carolina. The two claimed this to be their best trout-catching nymph during late summer and the fall.

Hook: #10-14 2x long nymph
Thread: Black
Weight: wire wrap
Tail: Olive hackle fibers
Body: Peacock herl
Legs: Peacock herl
Back: Mottled turkey wing feather

Author: Matt O