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Old 02-24-06, 03:22 PM   #1
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Default yellow hammer

Does anyone have a recipe for a yellow hammer.
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Old 02-24-06, 03:40 PM   #2
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Wooly Worm:
Hook Mustad 9761 18-14
Thread Black uni-thread
Wire .010 - .020
Tail Golden Pheasant
Body Black Floss or wool
Hackle Imitation "Yallar" Hammer palmered through body

Mustad 9671 8-14
Thread red uni thread
Lead Wire .010-.020
Tail soft brown rooster feather barbs
Abdomen Gold uni floss palmered with Yallar Hammer Feather
Wing case Turkey quill
Thorax yellow wool
Hackle soft brown rooster saddle or hen hackle

Hook mustad 94840 10-16
Tail light ginger hackle fibers
Body Gold floss palmered with imitation Yallar Hammer quill
Wings Barred wood duck flank
Hackle light ginger

dyed yellow dove feathers are a substitute for Yaller Hammer
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Old 02-24-06, 06:53 PM   #3
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Default The Yallerhammer

From L.J.DeCuir's book "Southeastern Flies".
Note: The original fly was tied with the split wing feather of the Yellow Shafted Woodpecker or Flicker, locally know as the Yallerhammer. Today it is protected and the most common subsitute for the original feather is yellow dyed Grizzly hackle.

Hook: 2X nymph #4-14
Thread: Black
Weight: Lead wire or subsitute
Palmered Ribbing: Yellow dyed Grizzly Hackle
Body: 2-5 Strands of peacock herl (depending on size of hook)

Classic Nymph/Wet Fly Pattern
Hook: Mustad 3906 #8-14
Thread: Black
Hackle: Split wing feather of Yellow Shafted Woodpecker palmered from back to front.
Body: Peacock herl

Classic Wet Fly Pattern
Hook: Mustad 3906 #8-14
Thread: Black
Body: Peacock Herl
Hackle: Split wing feather of Yellow Shafted Woodpecker tied on as a wet fly collar

Modern Wet Fly Pattern
Hook: Mustad 3906 #8-14
Thread: Black
Tail: Mixed yellow and black hackle fibers, hook gap in length
Hackle: Yellowed dyed Grizzly palmered from back to front
Body: Peacock Herl

Modern Dry Fly Pattern
Hook: Mustad 94840 #12-18
Thread: Black
Tail: Mixed yellow and black hackle fibers, 1 1/2 hook gap in length
Body: Peacock Herl
Hackle: Yellow dyed klGrizzly tied in dry fly style

Modern Dry Fly Pattern #2
Mustad: 94840 #12-18
Thread: Black
Wing: Mixed yellow and black hackle fibers, upright and divided
Tail: Black hackle fibers, 1 1/2 hook gap in length
Body: Peacock Herl
Hackle: 1 Yellow dyed Grizzly, 1 Black tied in dry fly style

BTW these flies also work very well for panfish.

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Old 02-24-06, 08:44 PM   #4
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Default Yellow Hammer Substitute

I saw several real yellow hammers or yellar hammers and tried to imitate the feather. The best substitute that I have found so far is a picric acid dyed guinea feather.

I have to confess that I have some friends who swear by this fly, but I have not had great luck with it.

It can be tyed as a wet flly with the hackle at the head, or palmered down the entire fly. It's nothing extraordinary, but the real feather must work better, but I don't know why. I've never tried or tied the dry fly version mentioned in an earlier post.

Good luck and tight lines.
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Old 02-24-06, 10:13 PM   #5
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anyone have a picture of a yellow or yellar hammer, I would sure like to see one?
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Old 02-24-06, 11:11 PM   #6
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There are several variations and recipes out there today, but here's the original from bruce Harang's site. Nice little history and step by step for the orginal tie.
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Old 03-05-06, 12:34 PM   #7
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Here is LJ DeCuir's web site. It is pretty interesting has it has a lot of patterns for the Smokey Mountains and SE.

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Old 03-05-06, 07:37 PM   #8
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If you ask folks about the Yellow Hammer/Yallarhammer, yellerhammer, you'll get as many versions as there are ways to spell it. With that said, I'll throw in my dos pesos.

I learned to fish for trout on the tiny streams in the Great Smoky mountains National Park. My base of operations was Bryson City. This was in the mid-seventies and my trips consisted of backpacking journeys up and down Deep, Noland, Forney and Hazel Creeks.....and many of their tiny tribs. I learned those woods and streams like the back of my hand. There was only one fly shop in Bryson City at the time - Clampett's Hardware. They had an old weathered fly bin where you could always find the regional favorites like the Thunderhead, Yallarhammer (their spelling, not mine), Stickbait, Forky Tail Nymph and My Pet. I still have a Yallarhammer pattern that I purchased at Clampett's about 30 years ago. I've looked on the 'Net and the only photo that comes close to the Clampett version is found on the website. Hugh Hartsell grew up in that area and should know what it looks like. His version is pictured below:

Hugh's version is pretty close except the Clampett version has a thicker body of peacock herl and is tied on a 3x hook. I'll post a photo of the Clampett version when I get a chance. If ya'll remember the late Luther Turpin (He ran the marina at Fontana for many years)...Luther saw my Clampett version and said that was the way he had always seen the Yallarhammer tied. So between the Clampett's and old Luther.....I believe I'm on the right track. After all, these were the direct descendants of the pattern's originator.

With that said.....The fly has caught fish for me but I would not consider it any better than a dozen other patterns I have in my box. I think it's success is probably owed to it's color (yellow, duh) more than anything. I believe this is in large part because of the yellow stoneflies (Yellow Sally) and sulphur mayflies that are found in the aforementioned streams. Remember the Tellico Nymph? I've probably had as much, or more success on these streams with a weighted Tellico Nymph than any other fly in my box. When fishing dries, the Yellow Humpy runs a close second.
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Old 03-05-06, 08:23 PM   #9
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It actually represents a hemlock needle---which a trout will hit every time one floats down the crik---according to Jimmy Harris. Right Jimmy ?
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