The Smith Fly – Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Pattern

Another Great Smoky Mountain pattern from Don Kirk’s book on the region, the Smith Fly is a western North Carolina original. Said to be from the Spruce Pine area of the state, this very old fly pattern’s dual hackles make it an excellent imitation of the region’s October caddis. Outside of the fall, this can be a great attractor dry fly. This can also be found in Bill Everhardt’s Appalachian Series.

Hook: #10-16 dry fly
Thread: Black
Tail: Golden pheasant tippets
Rear hackle: Brown rooster
Body: Orange floss
Wings: Mallard or wood duck flank feathers
Front hackle: Brown or grizzly rooster

Author: Matt O