Yellow Bellied Nymph – Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Pattern

There is not a lot known of the history of this nymph pattern other than that it emerged in the 1950 out of Robbinsville, North Carolina. It was likely influenced by the Tellico nymph as it shares some of the same features with the elongated, yellow body. The distinguishing features of this fly pattern are the tail of peacock herl and the legs of peacock sword fibers.

Hook: #10-12 2x long nymph
Thread: Yellow (or black is fine)
Weight: 0.015 weighted wire
Body: Yellow wool
Tail/Wingcase: Peacock herl, 6 strands
Legs: Peacock sword fibers

Author: Matt O