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    Default Big Ugly Tellico

    All this high water has reminded me that I didn't have any really big buggy looking patterns for dredging the deep runs Smokies browns tend to haunt. So, I tied up a few of these tonight in preparation for a possible assualt on one of their homes this weekend.....


    Recipe:
    Hook: TMC 5267 #6
    Thread: Black 6/0
    Lead: 0.020 wrapped all the way up shank
    Tail: Grizzly barred rubber legs
    Antennae: Grizzly barred rubber legs
    Underbody: yellow hare's ear dubbing
    Ribbing: peacock herl
    Legs: brown hackle
    Wingcase: turkey tail feather
    Last edited by ChemEAngler; 03-12-2011 at 12:08 AM.

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    I may have to steal this one for smallmouth this summer!

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    Very nice!

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    Thumbs up

    I like it!
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    Rubber legs are a nice addition to attractor/searching nymphs like the Tellico.
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    Thanks guys.

    I am not the original creator of this fly, and even the title Big Ugly Tellico, is just what I thought of. I think Ian Rutter actually created the first pattern that is similar to this.

    As with most flies, some people believe that changing out one material for another warrants a name change. For example:
    BHPT, flashback pheasant tail, quasimodo, olive pheasant tail, brite bead case pheasant tail, etc. All just minor variations to the base pattern.

    For that reason so many of my flies I have developed over years of fishing, and I couldn't come up with a name even if I had to. So usually I just stick with "a variation of the BHPT or whatchamadingler".

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    I have to agree with MickT, I'll add this to my smallie box. Sweet fly.

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    Wow, what good timing... I tied my first Tellico Nymph this evening before seeing this post. Mine were ugly but not intentionally. I have a question about prince nymphs, tellico nymphs and all those with the hackle wrap "legs". I can never seem to get the wrap to look right. What do you use? I've tried dry fly hackle which looks ok but is too stiff, I've tried some other feathers but they tend to be too long and don't lay right.

    Can you give me some advice?

    -Matt

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