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Old 11-22-2010, 10:08 PM
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Default Walter Babb - Perfect 10 Southern Charms (1-3)

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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Old 11-23-2010, 04:11 PM
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Those look pretty good Granny
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Old 11-23-2010, 04:23 PM
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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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Old 11-23-2010, 07:19 PM
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Think like a trout......................ummm yummy!
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:15 PM
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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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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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