The Early Nelson – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

This pattern is thought to have been introduced to the Great Smoky Mountains by Cap Weise prior to WWII. Likely originating in England and named after the Admiral Lord Nelson, the pattern first came to the states via the Catskills region sometime in the 1840s.

Hook: #10-16 standard length dry
Thread: Black
Tail: Black bear or moose
Body: Peacock herl
Wings: Grizzly hackle tips
Hackle: Grizzly and brown dry fly

*** Great Smoky Mountain Fly Tying Books used in this series ***

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