For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Herl And A couple Of Antique Flies
Herl be it peacock or ostrich is a staple in the construction of Atlantic salmon flies as well as steelhead and a few trout patterns. The feathers themselves seem to possess a magic that will trigger a fish to strike. When they are incorporated in Atlantic salmon flies they are beautiful. Some of the trout flies that use peacock are both beautiful as well as effective. I think almost every angler has a Royal Coachman fly in their fly box that's only one pattern, I'm sure you can name one or many more.
The flies posted here also use peacock and Ostrich in there construction. These flies were first tied in the 1880's. Simple and elegant North Country Spiders.
"Thompson's Fancy"....Body, Slate Colored Silk...Two Twists of Black Ostrich Herl at the tail and under the shoulder...Wing, Gray Feather.
"Blades Purple Dun"
"Blades Purple Dun"...Body Purple Silk dubbed with fine Peacock herl, and over ribbed with purple silk...Wings Blue Hackle.