Red Bud (Gray Hackle Peacock Variant) – Great Smoky Mountain Trout Fly Tying

Another Smoky Mountain fly pattern from one of the legends of Southern Appalachian trout flies, Roger Lowe. This is a variant of the Gray Hackle Peacock nymph. Roger added the bead and changed the tail from hackle fibers to a small tuft of synthetic or wool. An easy-to-tie pattern, the locals claim this fly is most effective when the plentiful red bud tree is in bloom.

Hook: #10-16 curved nymph
Bead: Brass or tungsten, sized to the hook
Weight: Sized to match the hook
Thread: Black
Tail: Red synthetic or wool
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Gray partridge

Author: Matt O