In Robert Smith's book The North Country Fly I came upon this old pattern. I believe it dates back to 1890 and has several different dressings. The photo in the book is the one I tied and is pictured here. I can pretty much guarantee you won't be able to find this fly in your local fly shop or online. It really is a simple pattern, peacock herl and a hen feather, and I can tell you it is "very" effective, to the tune of a trout on the first cast and at one point 5 brook tout out of one pool. I will post that report in my next post. The name of the fly is the "Smoke Fly"
Another North Country Fly is the "Throstle Wing"...now the availability of some of these feathers are difficult to come by, so one must try to substitute. I have not tested this pattern as of yet, but soon.
This North Country pattern is know as "Poult Bloa"...this is another old English pattern. This fly worked very well for me.