Last Thursday I was summoned to jury service. Any one who has gone through this process knows that there are long periods of time with nothing to do. So I brought along the book "The North Country Fly" and found an interesting fly. This fly is interesting not in the materials used or the complexity of the tying, but in the time in which it was created. The fly is named "Royal Charlie" and created by John Kirkbride in 1837. Upon my not being selected to serve on a jury I went home and tied up "Royal Charlie".
The materials are few, Pearsall's Crimson Silk thread, fine wire, partridge hackle, and peacock herl. The only difficulty, at least for me is the tying and wrapping the peacock head.
|The "Royal Charlie"|
The completed fly. Just a thought, I think it will work as well without the peacock head.