For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Friday, August 19, 2011
Smoky Mountain Fork Tail.....and Variants
I believe I have done a post on this fly. If so you would not mind a refresher, I hope.
The reason I have come back to this fly is because at this time of year, late August to well into December this fly reeks havoc on wild trout in small streams.
The actual origin of this fly is not certain, but one thing that is known it was created in the Southern Appalachians. I tie this fly in several variations and they all work well to bring trout to hand. They are good floaters, and are visible to the angler, as well as the trout.
Below are two variants of The Smoky Mountain Fork Tail.
Here are two views of one of the variants.
Hook, Mustad 9671
Tail, and Wing, Goose Biots... I use Brown and Tan
Dubbing, This can be of your choice, I use Aussie Possum.
Hackle, Brown, Grizzly. I vary the hackle.
This variant is tied similar to a Stimulator.
Hook, Mustad C53S,
On this one I use Elk Hair for the tail.
These flies are not overly difficult to tie. I keep these in my box and will go for them first when I get to the stream.
I have all ready put them in to action this August with good results. I'll post that later.
So take an hour or so and tie up a few and create a buzz on the stream.
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Killer looking flies...might just have to tie a few up for my next trip to a coldwater stream.ReplyDelete
Great looking flies. Thanks for the post and recipes.ReplyDelete
Nice flies, I have that same poster framed in my room.ReplyDelete
I forgot to mention, they work well on bass, and panfish.
Thanks, and your welcome.
It's a great poster with some wonderful flies.
I've tried a few of the other patterns and they are productive flies.
Oh man those look like a must for a Brook Trout stream I just visited. That bottom one is the cat's meow. Awesome flies, thanks for sharing. Tight Lines.ReplyDelete
Tying flies is for sure a art form, they look very nice.ReplyDelete
Interesting looking patterns. What do they imitate?ReplyDelete
They would have worked for sure.
The first one is a caddis rep.
The bottom one can be a stonefly, or a grasshopper.
I'm glad you did another post on this fly because it's a new one to me. Another one I need to try.ReplyDelete
I have never fished one before but will have to give them a try on your recommendation. Probably looks like a stone fly as well.ReplyDelete
Hey, I like that Stimmy Variant. Gotta give that one a try here out West!ReplyDelete
I think it would be a wonderful choice on those PA wild ones.
They are an awesome fly this time of year. Vary the body colors and you have a fly that represents several insects on the waters.
Go for it buddy..... I'm waiting for your report.
Great fly and variations I am gonna tie some up and add them to my quiver.ReplyDelete