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  1. #11
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    Hugh! It is so good to see you back on the forum here! I took your advanced nymphing class several years ago and can attest to the effectiveness of the Ol’ Blackbird! I have really enjoyed your posts over the years. Hope you are well.
    God Bless
    Jed Green
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    Really happy to see this thread. I've been looking for recipes for the crow fly, sm blackbird and other regional flies. I'm just getting back into tying flies and would love to see some videos of these if they exist.

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    I made videos of how to split a crow feather to tie the crow fly. The same technique is used on the Guinea Fly. Three 1 min videos are on Instagram at #TailsOfTheSmokies
    Also, the full video is on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/61hWQ1yTRQk
    Last edited by Grampus; 03-14-2020 at 02:27 PM.

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    JayR,

    I have NO idea what the trout think the guinea fly imitates! Years ago, I heard of the "Snickers Bar Theory". It states essentially that "trout get tuned into eating particular items, then suddenly something different comes along and grabs their attention and they take it." That theory is likely more true in streams that do not possess a major hatch (like South Holston's sulfur hatch) as the trout in the Smokies tend to be opportunistic feeders. This makes attractor patterns, like the guinea, work so well.

    Regarding the Guinea Fly, last year I caught large browns on it sometimes by a properly placed cast where the fish had to move very little, but there was one 21" brown that came probably 15-20 ft, mouth wide open, chasing it! My poor timing meant that I was pulling the fly out of the water to recast at the time and it didn't have a chance to catch the fly. Next cast, it hit.... I missed :-( Next cast I got it. I don't remember ever having a large trout in the Smokies hit a fly twice. It REALLY wanted the Guinea!!

    To see it, go to my instagram page... Jim Parks or TailsOfTheSmokies

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    1.Pink San Juan worm, tied with the smallest chenille you can find.
    2.Black Ant imitation of some type
    3.PT nymph-try one with red wire and red pt fibers.
    4.Parachute Adams- try some with yellow bodies.
    Last edited by flyman; 03-19-2020 at 04:02 PM. Reason: genetics have been cruel to me
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyman View Post
    1.Pink San Juan worm, tied with the smallest chenille you can find.
    2.Black Ant imitation of some type
    3.PT nymph-try one with red wire and red pt fibers.
    4.Parachute Adams- try some with yellow bodies.
    Would love to see the Black Ant pattern. Is it wet or dry?

    Also like to see the red PT nymph.

    You ever seen a female Adams?

    Jim Parks

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    Dry flies:

    Yellow Palmer
    Charlie Whopper
    Female Adams parachute

    Nymphs:

    A yellow one I came up with I call the "Verlin Deluxe," it's a souped-up version of an old go-to fly that Verlin Evans showed me how to tie about forty years ago.
    Bead-head Prince
    Toss-up between a Tellico or Pat's Rubber Legs.
    Specks: the other pink meat.

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    Since I primarily target browns I would say just in general my go toís are Coffee/Black Girdle Bugs, Rubber Legged Princes, Brown/Copper bead Walts worms, Rubber Legged Hares Ears, etc. It really all depends on the weather, water conditions and time of year. Even a bunch of the euro/competition style patterns, especially small naturals with CDC variations have great success as well.

    Ready to get back to my roots this year in the Park and some of other streams in Northeast TN I love. Iíve had my fill on the pellet pigs in the competition scene the past couple years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by just a hillbilly View Post
    Dry flies:

    Yellow Palmer
    Charlie Whopper
    Female Adams parachute

    Nymphs:

    A yellow one I came up with I call the "Verlin Deluxe," it's a souped-up version of an old go-to fly that Verlin Evans showed me how to tie about forty years ago.
    Bead-head Prince
    Toss-up between a Tellico or Pat's Rubber Legs.
    You tie the palmers with golden pheasant tippet tails or hackle fibers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjbu View Post
    You tie the palmers with golden pheasant tippet tails or hackle fibers?

    Both. But in general, I usually tie the yellow Palmers with hackle fibers, and the orange Palmers (fantastic late summer/fall pattern,) with golden pheasant tippet.
    Specks: the other pink meat.

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