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01-22-2007, 10:31 PM
a friend told me there are over 35 dry flies born in the smokies,by fly tiers in the smokies,and being marketed in the smokies--i can think of a half-dozen or so--but not 35

01-22-2007, 11:03 PM
The next time your in Western NC, stop by Waynesville and see Roger Lowe. He will educate you on all the known Smokies flies. He has a nice poster of traditional Smokies flies and would probably show you how to tie them. I think I saw his new book on the subject at LRO this weekend also. I got one from him last year. He is a great guy and an excellent flytyer. The book is called "Roger Lowes Fly Pattern Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains" I like the "Tennessee Wulff" but I think it should have ORANGE floss instead of green!

01-23-2007, 01:33 AM
hey mr hartsell, I saw you tie an interesting variation on a stimulator saturday. is that smokies specific?

Hugh Hartsell
01-23-2007, 07:42 AM
:) Good morning tt. Let me thank you for coming to the Fly Tiers Weekend first of all, and I hope that you and others did pick up something useful while we were gathered together in front of the flytying vise. I cannot say that the fly that I tied was a specific Smokies fly, but--- the Stimulator is a very important fly in the Smokies and let's talk a minute about all the ways that we can tie it to resemble different things that might be hatching off or just flying around the stream during the Summer, that will make it a specific Smokies fly. Early on in the season, it can be tied in a black version to represent a Black Stonefly. A little later, it can be tied in a small yellow version to represent a Little Yellow Sally. It can be tied in a slender green version to represent an inchworm, a fat version to represent a Japanese beetle. It becomes an excellent imitation of the Giant Golden Stonefly later on, and can be tied in yellow and black toward the end of the season to represent a Yellow Jacket. These are just a few of the many uses for this great fly, and I'm sure that some of them can be called a true Smokies fly. Although, it's primary use can be nothing more than a good high riding indicator, it catches about as many fish, on it's own right, as most dry flies used in the Park. Let's keep tying lots of them.
Hugh Hartsell---East---Tn.