Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Orange Palmer"/ "Yellow Palmer"

These are two simple patterns from Roger Lowe's Smoky Mountain Fly Pattern Guide. They are easy to tie and look like they would work well on the small wild trout streams I fish.

This is the Orange Palmer
Hook, Mustad 94840
Thread, Orange
Tail, Golden Pheasant Tippet
Hackle, Brown, Grizzly
Body, Orange Dubbing

The Yellow Palmer
Hook, Mustad 94840
Thread, Black
Grizzly and Brown Hackle Fibers
Hackle, Grizzly and Brown
Body, Yellow Dubbing


  1. Very nice. I'm sure they'd work well almost anywhere.

  2. I love the look of them, I can't wait to try and tie some of them.

  3. Nice ties BT!
    I had great luck with a #16 Yellow Palmer this fall on both wild & stocked trout. Gonna tie some orange ones this winter.

  4. Nice.I an tell you they work just as well on our streams here in SA.

  5. troutrageous1, Kiwi, Thanks.

    They float well and their buggy looks will draw strikes.

    Apache Trout, Thanks.
    I remember your mention of success with them on your Smoky Mountain trip.

    The African Fly Angler, thanks.
    So you have fished a pattern similar or the one posted here?

  6. It's good to see the interest in a style of fly that gets little attention today. My Millers Bivisible and my wet style Moby Dick are great searching patterns especially when fished over riffled water. I also like the fact that you tie them with the traditional Mustad hooks!!!

  7. Millers River Flyfisher,
    I have heard of your Millers Bivisable, where can I find out more about it?

    I too fish the Moby Dick, as a streamer and have success with it, especially in the spring.

  8. Brk Trt

    I'll have to tie a few and give them a try up in the Adirondacks !

  9. Mark,
    I'm sure they will work there.
    I fished them today on a little stream and they were outstanding.

  10. Awesome looking flies..gotta attempt them

  11. penbayman, thanks.

    They're an easy fly to tie, and effective too.

  12. teachrtec,
    If they can bring a trout to the surface in 42 degree water they must be.
    Simple but effective.