FLY TYING TUTORIALS OF SMOKY MOUNTAIN
TROUT FLIES

   GEORGE (COTTONTOP) NYMPH

                                            

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Introduction

Smoky Mountain trout flies: George Cottontop nymph

This fly has been around for many years and when I first began fly  fishing, I always heard it referred to as the Cottontop nymph.  We tied many variations of it with other flies.
It seems to have lost some of its popularity as new materials came onto the market.  It was probably the forerunner of what we now know as flies that are tied with flashabou on the wing case or shellback.  The George Nymph still has a spot in the flytyer's arsenal, especially at  the time of season when the Black Quill or Isonychia hatches.
Recipe Hook:  Mustad 12-16 2x or 3x long streamer hook
Thread:  Unithread 6/0 or 8/0 dark brown or black
Tail:  Coachman hackle barbs
Shellback:  1/4 inch section of turkey tail feather
Abdomen:  3 strands of peacock herl
Wingcase:  section of white polypro yarn
Legs:  Furnace hackle stem trimmed in V-notch
Tying Instructions 

Step 1

Step 1 Tie thread onto hook behind the hook eye and wind down to the hook bend.
Step 2
Step2 Wrap 10 to 15 wraps of .015 non toxic wire.  Wind thread over wire and wrap back to hook bend.
Step 3
Step 3 Tie in coachman hackle barbs at the hook bend 1/2 length of hook shank.
Step 4
Step 4 Tie in section 1/4 section of turkey tail feather at the hook bend for the shellback.
Step 5
Step 5 Tie in 3 strands of peacock herl and wind forward about 2/3 the way up the hook shank.  Tie in section of polypro yarn where peacock herl ends.
Step 6
Step 6 Wind peacock herl or black thread forward to the hook eye.    Place brown hackle stem with V-notch cut in it on top of peacock herl behind hook eye.  Pull shell back and white polypro yarn forward and tie down.  Tie off head and cement.
Step 7
Step 7 Finished fly.
Smoky Mountain trout flies: George Cottontop nymph
Slightly different version.  Hackle wrapped in and tied 2 turns-trimmed on top.


 

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