Great article Jim. Being from the Tennessee side, its interesting to hear the history of fly patterns from NC.

Around 20 or so years ago, I crossed paths with a fisherman from NC while on Deep Creek. He shared with me a fly that he said came from the rubber material used in a factory somewhere in Western NC that was used in making vacuum cleaner hoses. He called it the Coffey Nymph. The tan-colored, rubber material was wrapped on a long-shank hook roughly size 8-10 with brown goose biots crossed on the front. Have you ever heard of this pattern and is there truth to the tale or was he handing me a "fish story"?

Grampus
Jim Parks