Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Black Snipe

The only departure from Pritt's original dressing is that this dressing assigns a particular color of thread.



Hook:

14-20
Thread:

Black
Rib:

Extra small silver wire, reverse ribbed
Body:

Dark green peacock herl
Hackle:

Snipe undercovert



In Yorkshire Trout Flies (1885), T. E. Pritt describes his No. 62, The Black Snipe as “an old Yorkshire fly, quoted in many manuscripts on angling, still in existence, although it is not generally dressed.” It likely belongs to flies tied to represent beetles or "clocks" like the Coch-y-bonddu, Starling and Herl, Bracken Clock, and the more modern Eric's BeetleSylvester Nemes includes reprints of Pritt’s colored plates depicting the Black Snip in The Soft-Hackled Fly Addict (1973). Pritt’s dressing calls for

“Wings.—Hackled with a Jack Snipe’s feather from under the wing.
Body.—Dark green Peacock herl.”

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