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Once long gone, there existed a 'fraternity' of anglers who felt an obligation to use only the 'standard' patterns of the day. We hope to bring a bit of nostalgia to these pages and to you. And sometimes what you find here will not always be about fishing. Perhaps you will enjoy them. Perhaps you will fish the flies. Perhaps?

Part One hundred sixty-seven

Silver Grey

Silver Grey

Compiled by Deanna Birkholm


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..."

Silver Grey

    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.

    Head:   Red.

Credits: Information and photo fromAtlantic Salmon Flies & Fishing by Joseph D. Bates, Jr., published by Stackpole Books. ~ DLB

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