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    Question Favorite dry-dropper setup for Smokies streams?

    Ok, now that warm weather is upon us, my thoughts usually steer towards small wild streams. Most of those are best fished, with the exception of the occasional all-too-enticing deep plunge pool, with a dry-dropper setup. Now in the spirit of I'll show you mine if you show me yours, what's your favorite dry-dropper setup?

    I fished a blueline yesterday and went most of the day with a 6' hand-tied 5x leader of Joe Humphreys' formula with a #14 yellow Stimulator and 16-18" 6x fluoro tied with a Duncan loop (to allow for removal for those "can only shoot a dry up under there" spots) and a non-beadhead weighted #16 Hare's Ear.

    What's your favorite setup for dry-dropping in them thar hills?

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    Mine is usually a stimulator with bead head pheasant tail.

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    Starting about this time of the year, I usually go with a Neversink caddis or yellow stimulator with a green weenie dropper. I like the dry/terrestrial combo. Sometimes I change out the green weenie for a pink one or go to an ant.

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    #14 Parachute Adams and #16 BHPT

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    Last week I caught trout on a wet fly/nymph combo. I had my version of a yeller hammer (yellow duck quill palmered on for the hackle) with a red squirmy worm off that. I thought they would hit the squirmy worm, but they had no interest in it. However, they nailed the yeller hammer. Not a dry/nymph combo, but it worked.
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    This time of year, parachute hopper and a black ant dropper.
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    Ok, so on those Beadhead Pheasant Tails, is that a tungsten bead? I sometimes have the nymph pull the dry under when using a tungsten bead.
    Thanks for the replies! Keep ‘em coming!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawgvet View Post
    Ok, so on those Beadhead Pheasant Tails, is that a tungsten bead? I sometimes have the nymph pull the dry under when using a tungsten bead.
    Thanks for the replies! Keep ‘em coming!
    Mostly tungsten beads for me although I usually undersize the bead and keep the fly small when using tungsten in a dry/dropper. If I'm having a hard time keeping the dry fly floating, I either go up a size on the dry, or down a size on the nymph and/or bead...
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