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limited by materials available and the
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Part One hundred sixty-seven
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
Dry flies for Atlantic Salmon are not common. They perhaps would
all fit into a small fly folder. This one, the Silver Grey, was
adapted from a bass dry fly in 1914, credited to Dr. Orrin
Summers and Colonel Ambrose Monell. It is indicative of a particular
type, and somewhat similar to the Mackintosh. According to
Atlantic Salmon Flies & Fishing by Joseph D. Bates, Jr,
"Herbert Howard, who fished with Dr. Summers and Colonel Monell,
reports that a Miramichi guide remarked that, if the Silver Grey were
tied with born and black it it, it would look like a Stone Moth.
In 1922 Mr. Howard originated the Stone Moth, which is the same type..."
Credits: Information and photo fromAtlantic
Salmon Flies & Fishing by Joseph D. Bates, Jr., published by Stackpole Books.
Hook: Sizes 4 to 8, low water.
Tag: Embossed flat silver tinsel.
Body: Dubbing of underfur of Grey Fox.
Ribbing: Embossed flat silver tinsel.
Wing: A bunch of white bucktail tied flat along the body,
extending slightly beyond bend of hook. The wing hair envelops the
upper half of the body and flares out slightly.
Throat: From 4 to 6 grizzly hackles wound on as a
collar after the wing is applied. The hackling is very thick.
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