Smoky Mountain Forked Tail – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

This Great Smoky Mountain original pattern likely came from the Tennessee side of the park near Cosby and is at least 100 years old. The exact origin is unknown but it is thought to have been used by some of the mountain fly tying legends of the area.

Hook: #12-16 dry fly
Thread: Black
Tail: Goose biots, olive or brown
Body: Orange fur dubbing
Wings: Goose biots, olive or brown
Hackle: Grizzly 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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