The original pattern has silver flat body, hair is omitted, and
head is black varnish. Hook sizes range from10s to 6s (old numbers).
- Hook: 14s to 6. (old Numbers)
- Silk: Black.
- Tail: 5 or 6 golden pheasant tippet fibres.
- Body: Medium flat tinsel, pearl, (Veniard)
ribbed with fine silver wire to protect flat tinsel. One can also
smear shank with a light coating of varnish, this helps to protect
tinsel from teeth of fish. In fact, I would go so far to suggest
that at all times tinsel bodies should be treated in either way.
- Hackle: Kingfisherblue henny cock, tied fairly long to
mask hook point.
- Wing: Grey squirrel, tied sparse, followed by barred
teal tied folded over hair. Hair is omitted in smaller sizes.
- Head: Whip finish head and paint with red varnish.
Acknowledgement to Tom Stewart author of
Two Hundred Popular Flies, publishers: A&C Black.
Tight lines!~ Alan the Highlander