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Thread: Walter Babb - Perfect 10 Southern Charms (1-3)

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    Mr. Babb wrote a great article in the March 2004 issue of American Angler on his 10 favorite flies for southern Appalachian streams entitled "The Perfect 10 Southern Charms". It gave a brief history for each fly and some personal notes, along with a recipe. I've decided to spend the winter trying to learn these. I've substituted a little in his recipe, but other than that, please give me critiques and criticisms to help me along my way. Here are the first 3 attempts:

    The Speck
    Hook: #14 Partridge Capt Hamilton Dry
    Thread: Tan Uni 8/0
    Tail: Coachmen Brown Hackle Fibers
    Body: Spun Deer Hair
    Hackle: Brown & Olive Chinese Strung



    George Nymph
    Hook: #10 Dry Fly Hook
    Thread: Black Uni 8/0
    Weight: .025 Wrap
    Tail: Pheasant Tail Barbs
    Back: Pheasant Tail Doubled
    Body: 3 Strands Peacock Herl
    Wingcase: White Marabou
    Thorax: Possum Plus Dubbing
    Legs: Pheasant Tail Barbs



    Blackburn Tellico Nymph
    Hook: 3X-long #10 Nymph
    Thread: Dark Brown 3/0
    Weight: .025 Wire wrap
    Tail: Pheasant Tail
    Back: Pheasant Tail Doubled
    Rib: 2 Strands Peacock Herl
    Body: Yellow Enhancer Dub
    Hackle: Coachman Brown


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    Those look pretty good Granny
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyman View Post
    Those look pretty good Granny
    Thanks Steve....I know they'll never be perfect.
    I've probably spent more time learning the George Nymph than any of them.
    The Speck was my first time spinning deer hair.
    I get a little confused on the Blackburn, because Walter mentions palmering the hackle through the thorax, but I can't figure out exactly what he is instructing us to do.

    I had saved up some money in hopes of taking the classes he is doing, so that I could ask him specific questions, but my wife and I had a little financial set-back a few weeks ago, and had to get into my savings.

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    Think like a trout......................ummm yummy!
    That is all that matters.
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    Grannyknot,
    If you can't take his class, be sure to catch him at Troutfest. He ties all those flies and then some. I had heard about Walter for years, but after watching Walter tie 4 or 5 years ago at Troutfest I told everyone I knew about him. He is a walking history book on these type of flies, and he is as good as any I have ever seen tying them. Walter really is a master fly tyer, and maybe an even better person. I would drive all the way to Troutfest just to see Walter tie

    Your Tellico looks fine. Just make 3 or 4 evenly spaced wraps thru the thorax and pull over the shellback. Walter does use a little different dubbing for the body, but I'll let you and him talk about that.
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    I especially like the george nymph. Fine looking flies Granny.
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    They look like fine trout catchers to me. Nice work.
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    When are you going to do some of he others Granny? Walter told me that Eddie used the white yarn as a type of initiator. He said if he couldn't see it any more he knew a fish had taken it, and it was time to set the hook.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyman View Post
    When are you going to do some of he others Granny? Walter told me that Eddie used the white yarn as a type of initiator. He said if he couldn't see it any more he knew a fish had taken it, and it was time to set the hook.
    Well, I seem to be short on the materials to tie the rest of them. I ran out of brown hackle so I went to LRO the other day, but they were all out of whiting in the size I needed.

    Eddy must have had better eyes than me.

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    I had the pleasure of fishing with Walter Babb several years ago. What a man, I learned so much from the man about fishing.

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