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07-10-2008, 08:03 AM
that a beginner could tie that would work almost anywhere in Tennessee (or just name some flies, any number will do...I am just trying to keep it simple for us beginners).

07-10-2008, 10:58 AM
BRF, I spend all of my time fishing in the Mtns, so my list is somewhat skewed toward that type of fishing. Here is what I would learn to tie if I was starting out (and was fishing the Mtns):

- Pheasant Tail (I prefer with a bead head, but you could also do one without)
- Gold Ribbed Hares Ear (with or without a bead head)
- Prince Nymph
- Elk Hair Caddis (in olive, yellow, tan, etc....)
- Parachute Adams (in grey and yellow)

After you got the hang of those, my next four would be:
- Stimulator (Yellow and Orange) - For really broken water
- Yellow Neversink Caddis (I like the Doc's Cork version a little better)
- Tellico Nymph - a bit harder to tie than the others above, but a great producer
- TroutDude Cripple (he passes these off as Mr Rapidan Cripple, but he adds his own secret sauce and it works better than the original) - a great fly when the fish are picky and/or the water is slow - I just started fishing Cripples this year and really like them alot...

07-10-2008, 11:06 AM
If you really would like some easy ties, try any haystack style dry. It's usually tied with deer hair in comparadun style. Can be tied in every color you want.

If you want an easy yellow fly for the mountains, try Gray Hackle Yellow, and Brown Hackle Peacock for tailwaters.

If you need some wets, any spider style fly is easy.

Do a search online on the terms, Haystack fly, North Country Spiders and Gray Hackle Yellow and you have a good start.

07-10-2008, 11:32 AM
good suggestions Pete...

Effective patterns are very popular....for some reason. I like the parachute wing because you can apply it to most any dry fly pattern. Parachute wings get real simple if you apply this little trick:

1) tie the tail, body, and post as normal, whip finish

2) In your vise, re-adjust the hook(fly) to a vertical position with the eye pointing perpendicular to the floor and the post horizontal.

3)Add 1 drop of cement at the base of the post, then tie in your hackle and wrap it around the post as if you're tying a standard dry; vertcially, in other words, with the wing-post now being horizontal. Whip finish in the same manner (vertically) near the base of the wing post. You're done.

also, I've found using a glass bead on your nymphs will allow the fly to ride just under the surface, where as the metal bead will get it closer to the bottom. The trade-off is, as you might imagine, durability.

07-10-2008, 04:15 PM
never forget the green weenie for ease of tying and effectiveness......

God Bless & Good Fishing

07-10-2008, 04:30 PM
I also think a midge pattern such a bh zebra midge is a great starter. Easy to tie and have caught fish every were that I have tried.

07-10-2008, 04:33 PM
Bob, what took so long...

You are right. For ease of tying and value in fishing, its hard to beat the Green Weenie (or the Barbie Bug, for that matter).

I didn't include it in my list of 5, because I can never seem to catch fish with it. I'm probably using it in the wrong situations and I'm not all that great at subsurface fishing either...:frown:

07-10-2008, 08:05 PM
hey Pete....due to work getting in the way of life, I haven't fished for so long that I lost my crown....working in that problem though :biggrin: ...... can't wait to use them in the Smokies again, but the gills up north here really like them regarless of how you fish them....

God Bless & Good Fishing