Below is a select of flies I tie for fly fishing the Tuckaseegee River, the western NC Fly Fishing Trail and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and other wild trout streams. I will be adding more flies as I can find time off the water. Just click on the name of the fly that you want to tie and it will take you to my gallery on You Tube for that fly. Let me know if you would like me to add any specific flies that I have not done yet. Most of the flies that I will mainly illustrate flies that take from 2-5 minutes each. Enjoy!
Video: Olive Soft Hackle Click on Olive Soft Hackle to see video of this very important fly for fishing the Tuckaseegee River and many of the streams on The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail.
Video Mop Fly: Click to see the video of this important pattern for fishing the trout streams of Western North Carolina including the Tuckaseegee River. This valuable fly often works especially well after a new stocking and during times of spawn.
Video Black Flash Back: Click to see the video of this easy fly to tie for the trout streams of North Carolina including the Smoky Mountain National Park and Tuckaseegee River.
McFly Foam Egg: Click to see the video of this quick fly to tie for trout fishing the Western North Carolina trout streams including The Tuckaseegee River, the Western NC Fly Fishing Trail and Smoky Mountain National Park.
Elk Hair Caddis: This valuable pattern to imitate the Caddis, natural, orange or black is effective when you see this four winged lovely coming off the water. It is an effective fly on the Tuckaseegee River, Western Fly Fishing Trail and the rest of Western NC including all trout waters.
Pheasant Tail Nymph/Double Standard: This fly is a general imitation pattern that imitates any number of naturals. In the video it shows a little different treatment with fires coming off the bottom of the fly. It simulates the legs of the fly. Can be tied either way. This is a must fly for your fly box. I tie this fly from size 24-16.
Woolly Bugger: Every body of water on this planet has some living thing in it that looks like this….including our local waters. It is a must in every fly box. It is good in Black, Olive, Brown, Rust, Purple, Olive/Brown, beaded/non-beaded, with legs and without. It’s a very durable fly. Tip: don’t make the tail so long that the fish strike it short.
Caddis Pupae: The Caddis Pupae is a good pattern to use while you are poking around trying to match the trouts current dish. It is a quick tie. Western NC Caddis fly is 20-16.
Stonefly: The Stonefly pattern is tied in brown, black or yellow to match the rivers population and activity. North Carolina Stoneflies can be found as small as a 20-24 such as the Little Winter Stone Fly to the larger Stone Flies 18-16. There are many patterns; some of which are quite complicated and others quite simple. I opt for simple as possible and still works effectively.
Green Weenie: This great little fly that is so easy to tie, is used to imitate the Inch Worm and other things that drop into the water. I tie it more simply than the video. I tie in the chenille at the back of the eye and wrap around chenille at 3-4 sections to the bend of the hook, then wrap the thread the same spacing to the hook eye, whip finish and clip the thread. Cut the tail a length the same as the body and singe the chenille with a match/lighter to prevent unraveling. The illustrated fly on the left is shown much fatter than the traditional Green Weenie. It is about the diameter of a, you guessed it…..a small earth worm or in some cases like an Inch Worm that fall off the foliage along the water in warmer weather.
Copper John: The Copper John is good in many areas of this country, especially North Carolina. You can make variations of this fly with different colors of wire. Easy to tie…..don’t be without it.
Yellow Sally Nymph: This pattern can be used for the Yellow Sally Nymph or simply tie the Stone Fly Pattern in yellow fibers etc. The adult Yellow Sally is simply the Stimulator fly tied in yellow fibers.
Palmer This general pattern fly is an effective “no particular” insect fly. It often works when they just not taking anything you are offering. I have used this fly in England and throughout the United States and it often solves a problem when nothing is ‘coming up” and you are picking through your fly boxes looking for something that will work.
Parachute Adams: What a fly! This wonderful isn’t all that easy to tie for many folks, but it must be in your flybox. When all else fails…tie on the Adams. Pictured is the male. The female has a yellow band around the butt, just before the tail.
Royal Wulff: This fly designed by the legend Lee Wulff is a general attractor fly. It imitates nothing specifically. If you fish for wild trout a big bulky dry fly like this wets their appetite as does a big Elk Hair Caddis and Stimulator. I usually tie on a Stimulator first.
Stimulator: This beautiful fly is another attractor fly. If I am searching the water with no particular fly in mind, I reach for this fly. I almost always include a dropper to resemble a nymph…..black Pheasant Tail, Prince Nymph etc.
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