Smoky Mountain Starling Soft Hackle is a stealth version of the Yallarhammar that also originated as much as a century ago. Insofar as the hackles of the non-native starling were unavailable in the region prior to around the time of the Stock Market Crash of 1929, it’s a pretty good guess that the Smoky Mountain Starling Soft Hackle was probably preceded by the better known Yallarhammar. Who knows, eh?
The key to tying the Smoky Mountain Starling Soft Hackle is splitting the wing feathers which usually is done most easily if you soak the wing feathers in warm water. This is a very productive, year round fly. Personally I like it during the Mother’s Day caddis fly hatch, but the Smoky Mountain Starling Soft Hackle is a good “go-to”now through late May.
HOOK: TMC 5262, #14 – #16
THREAD: Tiemco 16/0,Black
ABDOMEN: Ostrich herl
RIBBING: Gold wire