October Caddis – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

While not a Great Smoky Mountain original, this version of a caddis dry fly has been very popular in the park for decades. These caddis hatch in a number of streams in the area, with perhaps the most notable hatch in Abrams Creek. An overall great fall pattern for many areas of the country.

Hook: #8-12 Dry fly (straight or curved)
Thread: Orange or rusty brown
Body: Rusty orange rabbit
Underwing: Natural or tan Z-lon
Wing: Elk hair (or deer hair)
Hackle: Brown dry fly

*** Great Smoky Mountain Fly Tying Books ***

Hatches and Fly Patterns of the Great Smoky Mountains, by Don Kirk, https://amzn.to/2HLZuVT
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Angler’s Companion, by Ian Rutter, https://amzn.to/2HQwDQr
Southeastern Flies, by L.J. DeCuir, https://amzn.to/3l0McTG

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