View Full Version : Simple Flies

02-10-2010, 01:14 AM
I am trying to stock up on flies for spring. The most complex flies I like to tie are bh prince and bh tellico. I have PLENTY of bhpt's and bh hare's ears tied up, but I am looking for some more simple and effective flies like the pheasant ails that I can be working on. Any suggestions? I will be mainly fishing Raven Fork, the Tennessee side of the park, and a little bit of Citico and Tellico if it helps.

02-10-2010, 08:09 AM
About as easy to tie, simple , but very effective are ...
San Juan worms in Chartreuse, pink, red, brown.
green and pink weenies
#8 wooly buggers in black, olive

Stocked and wild trout love em.

02-10-2010, 11:28 AM
Some stoneflies and streamers...

02-10-2010, 09:33 PM
These are mainly flies for warm water fish but the SJ worm variant on my blog has caught a fair number of trout. They were especially effective in Yellowstone for some reason.

If you're just looking for some easy ties, these are about as easy as they get. I'm not really into tying overly difficult flies, I'd rather be fishing.

Here's a direct link to the flies page on my blog.


02-11-2010, 01:37 PM
Thanks guy. My neighbor is a guide and recommended that I tie some nymphs on a TMC 2457. I tied up some pheasant tails, hare's ears, and a couple others on them, and I really like how they look with the curved bodies. I have tied a few nyphs that are just like BHPT's but I tied them of yellow and red bucktail. I tried a couple on the trophy section the other day and they were hammering the bucktail ones, especially the red ones.

02-12-2010, 11:30 AM
TJW. I like that idea of using the bucktail. Would you mind posting a picture or two? Thanks.

02-19-2010, 01:14 PM
Centuries ago, when I started tying flies, I tried to duplicate an Adams. However, when I got the first one finished, I thought the wing was useless as the trout more than likely won't see it. So..........I tied without the wing. What I have is a tail made from a dark bird feather (I'm cheap), a dubbed body of tan (you can use other colors), and about three wraps of brown or ginger hackle. I have used this fly with great success on the Hiwassee, Tellico, and in the park, along with some smaller out-of-the-way streams. Good tying!
I once caught a trout on the Middle Prong of the LR with a PT made of heavy dark brown button thread! Told you I was cheap!

02-20-2010, 12:29 AM
I won't lie, I tried some button thread already too. TXBROWN, I will try to take a pic of it tomorrow and post it. I like them, and the bucktail is a bit harder to get to be still when I first start tying it in but is much easier to work with after that since it is so strong. I can't wait to try them out Sunday.

02-21-2010, 12:04 AM
Here is a size 12 in the yellow and a 16 in the red. I am horrible at taking pics of flies by the way.

02-21-2010, 04:46 PM
tjw, nice flies. I don't know that I've heard of anyone using bucktail for the body, but it looks good. Are you tying in some bucktail separately for the tail or using the same bunch of bucktail for the tail and the body as well as the legs?

02-21-2010, 05:11 PM
Thanks. I am using the same bunch of bucktail for everything. It is a little tougher than pheasant tail when you try to split the legs to each side after tying down the wingcase but not too bad.

02-23-2010, 12:29 AM
TJW, thanks for the post. They look as good as I imagined. I love getting different tying ideas from people. We have started having a tying gathering at my house every week or so with good chili, conversation and trading flies and tricks. Makes the winter go by a little quicker since the tailwaters are blown out. Several guys have contributed about 240 of their special Caney Fork flies to split between 2 boxes for the Music City Fly Girls to raffle off for Casting For Recovery next weekend at the Factory in Franklin.