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Old 05-07-2006, 02:19 AM
UTKFlyFisher UTKFlyFisher is offline
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Default Smoky Mountain Fly

I was just wondering if there is a fairly simple fly to tie that is seemingly effective in the Smoky's?
~If our father had had his say, nobody who did not know how to catch a fish would be allowed to disgrace a fish by catching him.~
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Old 05-07-2006, 11:36 AM
Backcountry FF Backcountry FF is offline
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Default Re: Smoky Mountain Fly

An easy pattern that works well right now is the Yellow Palmer. I caught several fish the last two hours before dark yesterday with a size 14. I don't know if I would say it is "general purpose" for the park, but when the little yellow stoneflies are hitting the water it will do the trick.

It consists of a mix of grizzly and brown hackle fibers for the tail, yellow dubbing for the body, and grizzly and brown hackle palmered forward to just behind the hook eye. Whip finish and you are done! That's right NO WINGS!! 8-)

I have my personal favorites as far as "general purpose" patterns go, but they require a little more effort than the yellow palmer. For dries the Elk Hair Caddis in a variety of sizes and colors is a good one and relatively simple to tie. For nymphs the Hare's Ear is not too tough. Then there's always the basic Woolly Bugger in case the water is a little high!

I don't know your level of experience as far as tying goes, but if you want a good start I would suggest a beginner class at LRO. I have taken just about every tying class they offer and I think they do the best job around.

There is nothing like catching a fish on one of your own creations. Good Luck!
Charles M.
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Old 05-09-2006, 04:04 PM
Byron Begley Byron Begley is offline
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Default Re: Smoky Mountain Fly

This is a Green Weenie. *It is the fly we start beginners on at our school. *It works well in all Southern Appalachian Streams. *I think it was dreamed up by George Harvey so it must work well in Pennsylvania too. *It has saved the day for me in the Summer. *It is tied using Ultra Chenille Micro in Chartreuse. *I wouldn't go fishing in the Smokies without them. *"This is as easy as it gets".

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