Wickham’s Fancy Dry – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

Created by Dr. T.C. Wickham of Winchester, England in the 1880s, this fly has been popular in the Great Smoky Mountains since at least the 1940s. No one knows how it was introduced to the region but it has been a great trout fly to many generations of mountain fly fishers.

Hook: #12-16 standard dry
Thread: Black
Tail: Brown or ginger hackle fibers
Body: Gold tinsel
Rib: Gold wire
Hackle: Brown or ginger palmered, and at the collar
Wing: Mallard quill, gray

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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