View Full Version : Tying Challenge: Week 5

David Knapp
07-16-2012, 11:17 AM
This week you get a two for one bonus. Let's see your favorite dry/dropper rig for small to medium sized mountain streams. If you don't fish those at all then substitute for whatever water you do fish and explain... So tie up one dry and one dropper (can both be dries if thats what you want for your dropper!!!).

07-17-2012, 05:41 PM
just cant understand why everyone is ignoring this great idea and chance to share..............:frown::frown:

I don't fish droppers often and only as a searching tool so here is what I use on the Holston.

size 18 sulfur & size 22 olive and brown juju



David Knapp
07-17-2012, 10:12 PM
Thanks for participating and helping to keep this going olesmoke! I'm in Colorado now and don't have my tying stuff so may not get to share this week...or maybe I'll just cheat and add something next Monday... Anyway, hope lots of others participate here. I know lots of people are fishing this rig in the mountains. Let's see what you all have!!!

07-18-2012, 10:47 AM
Here you go, pretty standard I would say for the Smokies this time of year:

Yellow Foam Neversink with Grizzly Hackle, Size 14

And I'll give you two droppers, if one isn't working, the other usually will:

The Pink weenie, Size 10, 2Xlong streamer hook (Shout out to Duckypaddler on this combo)

Or if that isn't getting them, I use this dropper:
Cream colored Caddis Larva, on a size 14 caddis hook, white/cream wool body, brown olive thread and brown dubbing head, no additional weight


Sorry for the light/glare issues on some of these photos.

07-18-2012, 12:05 PM
olesmoke....I'll try to sit down at my desk tonight.
I've been stuck inside my bathroom for what seems like an eternity trying to complete a tear-out/remodel.

07-18-2012, 12:58 PM
GK I know that feeling ........its always easier to work for someone else then to work at home.When you work for yourself you cant take a break or quit and go home to rest......:biggrin::biggrin: Looking forward to everyones flies for this week.Be safe

07-21-2012, 08:56 AM
I guess I'll have to agree with NDuncan, if I were down there today, this is what I would tie on.


With one of these on the bottom


If that didn't get some action PDQ, I would drop one of these.


Wish I was there today to try it.

07-22-2012, 09:06 AM
Lets show another pair to keep things moving....size 12 on the thunder and 16 on the lightning stickbait



07-23-2012, 12:22 PM
What's the next one going to be? Since it is summer, I would like to nominate Terrestrial patterns for one in the next few weeks...

David Knapp
07-23-2012, 01:01 PM
What's the next one going to be? Since it is summer, I would like to nominate Terrestrial patterns for one in the next few weeks...

NDuncan, sorry I'm a little slow today. Got in late last night from searching for housing in CO. Anyway, I like the way you think. Let's do terrestrials this week. I'll start another thread for that...

07-25-2012, 09:45 AM
Just now getting around to adding something to week 5.
I usually fish something like Walter Babb's candy fly with a tellico nymph as a dropper.



I also like to fish Thunderheads sometimes. This is one that Hugh Hartsell tied for me at one of the LRO saturday morning tying shows. I wanted to post it becuase its the best segmented body w/ dubbing that i've seen. I think the tail might have gotten crushed a little in the box I keep it in.


07-25-2012, 10:50 AM
well worth the wait GK ......the kind of quality everyone needs to see.Be safe

Cane Pole
07-26-2012, 07:10 PM
I'll jump in. I don't usually fish dropper rigs in the Park -- I usually just go dry or fish a nymph. Never really saw the need to use both there.

More often than not, it seems that I'm using a Stimulator in the mountains. Here's a few other dries I like to use:

March Brown
http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii302/morrisro/Fishing/Trout/flies/th_TF018.jpg (http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii302/morrisro/Fishing/Trout/flies/TF018.jpg)

Yellow Sally
http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii302/morrisro/Fishing/Trout/flies/th_TF025-1.jpg (http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii302/morrisro/Fishing/Trout/flies/TF025-1.jpg)

For nymphs it's hard to go wrong with a Tellico if you wanted to use a dropper.
http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii302/morrisro/Fishing/Trout/flies/th_TF029.jpg (http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii302/morrisro/Fishing/Trout/flies/TF029.jpg)

Cane Pole
07-26-2012, 07:28 PM
I fish the Upper Colorado River quite a bit and here's a few combos that are deadly out there.

Royal Wulff and a Chama Chicken

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii302/morrisro/Fishing/Trout/flies/th_P7260089.jpg (http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii302/morrisro/Fishing/Trout/flies/P7260089.jpg) http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii302/morrisro/Fishing/Trout/flies/th_P7260088.jpg (http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii302/morrisro/Fishing/Trout/flies/P7260088.jpg)

Another great set-up is this Adams hybrid that I tie with deerhair tail and peacock thorax with brown hackle in a size #12-14. Tip that with a #18 X-Caddis

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii302/morrisro/Fishing/Trout/flies/th_P7260087.jpg (http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii302/morrisro/Fishing/Trout/flies/P7260087.jpg) http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii302/morrisro/Fishing/Trout/flies/th_P7260086.jpg (http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii302/morrisro/Fishing/Trout/flies/P7260086.jpg)

You can't ever go wrong with a hopper either. Tip that with a Adams Hybrid (above) in a #16 or a small Wulff.

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii302/morrisro/Fishing/Trout/flies/th_P7260085.jpg (http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii302/morrisro/Fishing/Trout/flies/P7260085.jpg)

07-27-2012, 08:21 AM
Cane Pole, I really like that yellow sally.

Cane Pole
07-27-2012, 08:52 PM
Cane Pole, I really like that yellow sally.

Thanks - it's your basic pattern.

In the Smokies I find myself using a stimulator more in lieu of the Yellow Sally. I don't know why, but I usually do better with it.