Member Comments:

The Fly was described in Flies, Ties, & Techniques: A Practical Guide To Tying 50
Irresistible Flies by Charles Jardine (ISBN-10: 0-7641-3906-1) which I recommend for fly
tying ideas.

Glen Gammill

Carolina Belle, from Gian Padovani

 

Beadhead: Optional
Thread: Black
Tail: Barred ginger mallard flank barbules
Body: Lime green floss
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
Throat: Short piece of red marabou
Underwing: A few strips of Flashabou
Overwing: Yellow Marabou
Topping: 3 strands of peacock herl

 

Carolina Belle, from Gian Padovani

Hook: Mustad 9672  #12
Beadhead: Optional
Thread: Black
Tail: Barred ginger mallard flank barbules
Body: Lime green floss
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
Throat: Short piece of red marabou
Underwing: A few strips of Flashabou
Overwing: Yellow Marabou
Topping: 3 strands of peacock herl

This fly was featured in the March 2001 issue of Fly Fish America.

Tying Instructions:

1a,  Position a beadhed (optional)
1b. Tie a short tail with the barred yellow feather
2. Secure the tinsel and green floss, wrap floss forward and secure. Leave space for
the head.
3- Spiral the tinsel forward and secure. I twist the flat tinsel as I wrap forward to
"round" it.
4- Place a few strips of flashabou over the body (by the head) and secure.
5- Drape yellow marabou over the flashabou and top it with three strands of peacock
herl.
6- Turn fly over and secure a small piece of red marabou (to suggest gills). Trim it short
7- Wrap several turns of black thread to fashion the head.
8- Whip finish and secure thread with cement.

Member's Comments:

This pattern was designed to incorporate both the green and yellow colors, which are
favored by the fish and anglers of Western North Carolina. Although conceived as a
trout fly, the "Carolina Belle" tied in in larger sizes has proven to be very effective for
Smallmouth bass as well.

Gian Padovani

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