Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Donne Flye

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

Hook:

12-18
Thread:

Tan
Abdomen:

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

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'.

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