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,
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Angler’s Companion, by Ian Rutter,
Southeastern Flies, by L.J. DeCuir,

Author: Matt O