As Spring makes its way to the high country, it is the perfect time to start getting up into some higher elevation streams. We have put together a list of our fly box staples for blue lining in the Appalachian Mountains. Whether you're on a small creek or fishing the Watagua or South Holsten in T.N. these nymph and dry flies will give you a delicate presentation and deliver what the fish are feeding on.
Dry Fly Patterns:
Elk Hair Caddis (Dun, Brown, Black)- Size 14-18
High-Visibility Elk Hair Caddis (Pink, Orange)- Size 14-18
Golden Stone Fly Variations-Size 14-18
Yellow Sally- Size 14-18
Yellow Humpy-Size 14-18
Yellow or Orange Stimulator- Size 14-18
Parachute Adams Variations- Size 14-16
Purple Haze- Size 14-16
Quick tip: Frogs Fanny is is a good water repellant option for patterns that are mainly fur.
Nymph/ Midge Patterns:
Caddis Pupa-Size 16-20
Stone Fly Imitations-Size 16-20
Soft Hackles-Size 16-20
Holy Grail-Size 16-20
Bead Head Pheasant Tail-Size 16-20
Purple Rainbow Warriors-Size 16-20
Quick tip: Purchasing nymphs/midges that are tied with a tungsten bead are heavier and able penetrate water columns quicker, allowing you to fish a wider range of depths.
Whether you need the materials to whip up some bugs or want to grab some nymphs before heading out to the river- we have ya covered! Our shop has plenty of tying material options as well as a 450+ assortment of flies.