The Backscratch Nymph – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

Not a lot is known about this Smoky Mountain trout fly pattern. It might have originated from the Brown Hackle Fly, a wet fly that has been popular in the region since the mid-1800s.

Hook: #12-16 2x long nymph
Weight: 0.025 (1-2 sizes bigger than normal)
Tail: Brown goose biots
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Brown rooster

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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