Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Donne Flye

This dressing applies partridge as a hackle rather dressing it as  "wyngis."




Natural dun wool, in this instance the raw fleece of the New Zealand Romney breed

Gray partridge from the shoulders or back

Dame Julianna Berners, the nun who published A treatyse of fysshynge wyth an Angle in 1496, originally described the Donne Flye as a universally effective pattern or, at the very least, an early spring, pre-April fly. Berner’s dressing calls for “the body of the donne woll & the wyngis of the pertryche.”

The natural dun wool from the New Zealand Romney that I used here is currently available from The FibreMine, an online shop at Etsy. 

1 comment:

  1. What I really like on these old patterns: the 'exotic' tying materials as there is 'New Zealand Romney breed'.