View Full Version : What are your 2 favorite smoky mountain flies.

11-13-2009, 08:10 PM
My to favorites are a brown yellow humpy size 16 and a copper john size 18 or 16. These are my choices for the smaller pocket waters. I also like pheasant tails and brown elk hair caddis flies. What are some of yours.

11-13-2009, 08:53 PM
March Brown and parachute Adams.

11-13-2009, 09:17 PM
Parachute Adams and BHPT

11-13-2009, 09:27 PM
Parachute Adams and Prince

11-13-2009, 10:06 PM
Parchute Adams and Prince if I could see the Adams, but I can't so I'll go with Orange Neversink and the Fly Formerly Known as Prince.


11-14-2009, 04:18 AM
Parachute Adams and Copper John...then again Caddis Dries always work well for me when they are feeding on top...

11-14-2009, 07:45 AM
Parachute Adams, gray and yellow bodies and a bead head tellico.

11-14-2009, 10:52 AM
Dries yella stimi, Tan EHC

Nymphs tellico, olive hairs ear

Truthfully anything yella works for me in the Smokies like orange works for me in the Shenandoah.

11-14-2009, 11:14 AM
Para Adams and a stimulator. You know it!

11-14-2009, 11:52 AM
Have to go with the Para Adams. Next in line is any yellow dry fly and Pheasant Tail nymphs (bead head).


11-14-2009, 06:41 PM
Yellow EHC, the Blackbird and well , I know you said two but - ode to the GREEN WEENIE!

11-14-2009, 07:40 PM
Smaller stream- royal wulff.......green weenie
Big water- tungsten prince........BHPT

Carolina Boy
11-14-2009, 08:40 PM
Anything as long as it's yellar! or a green weenie when it's warm out

11-14-2009, 09:28 PM
Orange Stimulator and the Neversink Caddis for dries
Green Weenies and Copperback Stones for nymphs

11-14-2009, 09:59 PM
Yellow Sally and a soft hackle hare's ear

11-15-2009, 09:27 AM
ParaAdams and BWO.......

BRF....is that prince one of your ties? Looks great!!!!


11-15-2009, 11:12 AM
Husky Hair xCaddis - Yellow Stimi

11-15-2009, 11:18 AM
PeteCZ, what is a husky hair x caddis. I don't know if I am familar with that. I would love to see a pic of one.

David Knapp
11-15-2009, 11:51 AM
Tellico...and a Tellico....:biggrin:

11-15-2009, 08:21 PM
My go-to dryfly is the Thunderhead. It is easy for aging eyes to follow, fun to tie.
Thank all of you for helping to pass the time until the spring.


"No man steps into the same river twice." [Heraclitus, 6th century BC]

11-16-2009, 07:28 AM
Tellico and Pat's nymph

11-16-2009, 09:27 AM
Wow,I thought a Parachute Adams was my favorite because I have caught more on it than anything else....seems like most others feel the same way.
Tellico nymph is my second choice.

11-16-2009, 02:26 PM
PeteCZ, what is a husky hair x caddis. I don't know if I am familar with that. I would love to see a pic of one.

It really isn't an xCaddis, at all. Its more of a combination fly. Its a CHC Caddis tied with Bleached Deer Hair for a wing (instead of Caribou) and Husky underfur for the body, tied kinda scraggly (flies that are beat-up seem to catch more flies than perfectly tied ones). Here is a pic:

I had been trying to tie a fly that covered a lot of situations and tweaked Bruce Matthews flies. I really like the fly because it rides low in the water with the body actually in the film (and somewhat lower) so it can look like an emerger, cripple or an egg layer. The bleached deer hair makes it much more visible. I also added some Krystal Flash to make it more visible to the fish.

I had tied them in grey, yellow and olive (TroutDude blend - but thats another story...), and done pretty well with the pattern. But after brushing and vaccuuming up tons of shedding dog hair from my Husky each year, I decided to try and put it to good use. The hair that is shed is not too bad to dub with a little bit of dubbing wax. Its somewhat of a lt grey/lt cahill mix and when its wet has lots of depth of color. I managed to catch more browns this year with it than any other fly...

Here was the inspiration:

And here is the source (she's already working up some on her back leg...):

That was way more than you wanted to know......

11-16-2009, 02:52 PM
Beautiful dog,since I'm just starting to try to tie flies,a friend asked me if anyone ever used dog or cat hair,I told her I had no idea...now I know.
She had said that she had plenty of different cat and dog hair (she's a pet lover) if I ever needed any...I don't own either.

Rog 1
11-16-2009, 04:03 PM
Since I try to only fish dries my two favorites would be a yellow EHC and a parachute Adams

11-16-2009, 04:48 PM
PeteCz, if the Husky caddis is made from Husky hair I do not even want to know about Troutdude flies. Nice flies by the way. regards, Silvercreek

11-16-2009, 09:29 PM
Believe me, guys, the Husky xCaddis works. Pete and I have gone fishing a couple of times where he caught twice as many trout as I did with these gems.

OK, he could have caught twice as many as me with Jeff's corn immitation, but they really do work. I've gotten a couple of these from Pete and they are killers.

11-16-2009, 11:12 PM
Thanks for sharing the pics of the husky x caddis. I see how they get their names now. Thats a great looking fly.

11-16-2009, 11:15 PM

We vacuum up wads of hair every week from our yellow cat. Want some? I know you said your Husky had quit shedding for the winter.

11-17-2009, 11:46 AM
I like the yellow stimulator and a pheasant tail nymph.

11-17-2009, 01:31 PM
Actually Charlie, our husky has started shedding again. I think she's a bit mixed up. Normally she starts to shed her winter coat in Feb/Mar, but I guess the warm weather has tricked her somehow, and we have fur balls and dust bunnies all over the house...

btw, how yellow is your cat's fur? If you think of it, save me a puff of it and I'll see if I can dub it into something...I know a certain Swedish gentleman who has used cat fur before....It might be worth a shot...

Silvercreek, I have to admit that I'm glad I didn't have a drink of Kool-aid in my mouth when I read your post...it would have gone everywhere...that was funny (I never made the comparison before). Just to set the record straight, its a blend of dubbing that I recvd from a former member on the forum (TroutDude). It closely resembles Dave Whitlock's SLF Golden Stone...so I don't think it comes from any dudes...at least I hope not...

Sorry for hijacking the thread...

11-17-2009, 04:17 PM

How are you doing? did you ever get to a certain river in NC? I haven't heard from you in a while but rest assured I will use yellow dubbing wherever you can source it LOL. My gray cat clyde produces great dubbing for blue dun, adams or any grayish tinted wet fly. I don't think it will be too good for dries though. Too much water retention.

11-29-2009, 01:45 PM
EHC in black or orange ,size 14-18 and Tellicos 12-16 BH and non BH both flies of which I tye for myself.

11-29-2009, 07:02 PM
color on the humpies not that important. size depends on what the fish want that day and the nature of the water I'm fishing. I do like pink wings on the thunderheads ... fish don't care and I can see them easier.

sam barbee
11-29-2009, 11:20 PM
my favorite flies are a #16 yellow thunderhead and #18 bhpt

12-12-2009, 11:58 AM
My favourite Smoky Mountains fly pattern is a #16 gray Wulff.

My second favourite Smoky Mountains fly pattern is the other #16 gray Wulff that I have in my fly box.

Speck Lover
12-12-2009, 03:15 PM
I'm partial to an Adams and a Yellow Palmer, with the size being dependent on the particular stream conditions, time of year, etc.

The Principal
12-12-2009, 09:29 PM
#14 or #16 Walter Babb Mountain Candy
#16 Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph