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    Default SM Blackbird

    What's the deal with this SM blackbird. It is apparently a good fly but every time someone mentions it on a post everyone acts like it is a secret CIA fly or something and I know it is supposed to be a very old pattern but there isn't a recipe for anywhere on the planet
    All first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly-fishermen and John the favorite was a dry-fly fisherman. Norman Maclean

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    http://www.smokymountainflyguide.com...nBlackbird.jpg

    Above is a link to a picture of the fly on Hugh Hartsell's page.

    Here is a link to a previous thread that contained a recipe that is similar.
    http://littleriveroutfitters.com/for...ead.php?t=8397
    "The gods do not deduct from man's allotted span the hours spent in fishing." Babylonian Proverb

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    That is a fly that Hugh holds sacred. Show the man alittle respect and kindly ask him about it over an email.

    AA

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    We don't chat about it too much out of respect for Mr Hartsell. He shares a lot of information with us on the board. The SMBSH is a fly that he has spent countless hours perfecting, and while I do tie my own flies, I prefer to get that particular fly from him. Its not a big secret, we are all just big fans of Mr. Hartsell.

    And yes, it is a very good fly. I spent a day on the water with him and he shared multiple tactics for using it, and all were very effective.

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    Kevin that seems like the right thing to do after reading his website it is obvious how special it is to him so i will buy mine also
    All first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly-fishermen and John the favorite was a dry-fly fisherman. Norman Maclean

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    I must admit I'm kinda sentimental about it. I'm just 35, but I think about the day I'll teach my grandkids to flyfish and how cool its going to be to show them a SMBSH tied by Mr. Hartsell and tell them about the day he taught me to use it. Its part of why I love our sport, we can still meet some of our heros. And for a small price, even spend a day on the water with them. I wonder what it would have been like to meet Horace Kephart or Eddie George. Even though I can't do that I can still reach out to guys like Hugh Hartsell, Walter Babb, Jack Gregory, Tim Doyle, just to name a few. LRO even brings in Lefty Kreh from time to time. Its just amazing to watch the history book as it is being written. I love these mountains, the trout that live in them and the guys that help us all get a little more out of the time we spend there.

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