Photo of the Month: Springtime Smoky Mountain Brown Trout

Photo of the Month: Springtime Smoky Mountain Brown Trout

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Blackburn Style Tellico Nymph Variation

Last night, I put together a video for YouTube on tying the Blackburn Tellico nymph the way I do. Most of it is standard with a couple of quick modifications I like to use. Check it out and let me know what you think. My variation is not 100% true to the original version, but it catches a lot of fish including those big Smoky Mountain brown trout

As I forgot one small detail in the recipe at the end of the video, here is the complete recipe for this fly as I tie it. 

  • Hook: TMC 5262 or similar. Video is a #10 but I tie it from #4 down to #16 
  • Underbody: Lead Free Wire .020 for #14-#16, .025 for #8-#12, .030 or .035 for #4-#6
  • Thread: Tan or yellow 6/0 UNI-thread
  • Tail: Black or brown hackle fibers
  • Shellback: Turkey tail
  • Rib: 2 strands of peacock herl
  • Body: Lifecycle dubbing stonefly yellow or golden stonefly
  • Legs: Brown hackle
  • Optional Reinforcement: Loon UV Flow Fly Finish

I'm not sure if it will display correctly here, so try it through YouTube if you need to. Don't forget to subscribe to my channel while you're at it. Thanks!



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