Smoky Mountain Blackbird Fly Pattern

The fourth fly from Don Kirk’s “Hatches & Fly Patterns of the Great Smoky Mountains,” the Smoky Mountain Blackbird is an easy-to-tie soft-hackled wet fly. There is little known about this hundred year old fly pattern other than that it originated in the Cosby area.

The hackle can be taken from the wings and tail of anything from a crow or starling to a red-winged blackbird. I used starling in this tie as I like the tan tips of the starling’s flight feathers.

Hook: #8-14 wet fly
Thread: Black
Rib: Silver wire, oversized
Body: Black hare's mask
Beard: Brown saddle hackle
Hackle: Starling or blackbird

Author: Matt O