Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sand-Piper Hackle

This dressing substitutes a barred American woodcock shoulder feather for the sand-piper covert that John Kirkbride recommends.

Hook:

14-18
Thread:

Orange Pearsall’s gossamer silk
Tip:

Flat gold tinsel
Rib:

Peacock herl
Body:

Orange Pearsall’s gossamer silk
Hackle:

Barred American woodcock shoulder feather



John Kirkbride listed the Sand-Piper Hackle in his Northern Angler (1837), noting that “some of our old sportsman are very partial to this fly. They use it in the spring when the water is clearing off. Let the body be of orange-silk, ribbed with a fine peacock harle, and tipt with gold; take a small specked feather from the outside of the wing of a sand-piper for hackle—hook, no. 8.”