FLY TYING TUTORIALS OF SMOKY MOUNTAIN 
TROUT FLIES

The Smoky Mountain Forked Tail

                                              

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Introduction

Trout flies of the Smokies: Smoky Mountain Forked Tail
The Smoky Mountain Forked Tail is a very old East Tennessee fly that I had not seen used for almost 40 years.  It was introduced to me by my next door neighbor when I was 17 years old.  I never saw the fly again until 3 years ago.  There is more than one version of it, and you may see it called the Orange Forked Tail.  It is one of the earliest attempts to imitate the Sulfur.  The materials used in this fly reflect some of the things available to flyfishermen at the turn of the century.  This fly is easy to tie and is still a fish catcher in the Smokies.

Recipe

Hook:  Mustad 94831 or 94840 dry fly hook, size 14
Thread:  orange floss
Tail:  2 brown or tan goose biots
Body:  orange floss wrapped to shape full length of the body.
Wings:  2 brown or tan goose biots
Hackle:  light ginger rooster hackle

Step 1

Step 1

Tie in thread at the hook eye and wrap it back to the hook bend.

Step 2

Step 2

Tie in 2 tan or brown goose biots at the hook bend.  Wrap forward 1/8 to 1/4 inch.  Trim excess.

Step 3

Step 3

Wrap thread or floss to form the shape of the body.

Step 4

Step 4

Tie in 2 goose biots for the wings, placed at a  45 degree angle toward the rear of the fly.  This position can be altered forward if you want to put hackle on the back of the wings.

Step 5

Step 5

Tie in light ginger rooster hackle either behind or in front of the wings.  This will depend on your choice.  Wind hackle forward 4 to 5 turns.  Tie off.

Trout flies of the Smokies:  Smoky Mountain Forked Tail
Finished fly.
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