Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Dark Hare's Hackle



Hook:

16-20
Thread:

Olive Dun
Body:

Dark blue underfur from hare’s back, thicker toward the eye of the hook, on olive Pearsall’s Gossamer Silk
Hackle:

Dark dun cock’s hackle



In Two Centuries of Soft-Hackled Flies (2004) Sylvester Nemes includes a review of three books by John Waller Hills. The last of Hills’ books, River Keeper(1934), is a largely biographical account of William James Lunn, keeper of the River Test.

In his own account of Hills’ account of Lunn’s fly tying, Nemes suggests using “a very good grade of hen hackle from Whiting or Metz” in any dressing “where cock hackles are suggested,” noting that he has “taken the liberty of suggesting other replacement materials” in giving Lunn’s patterns. He dresses Lunn’s Dark Hare’s Hackle:

“Hackle: Dark blue cock hackle.
Body: Dark fur from hare’s back cut up and mixed. Spun on olive silk.”

2 comments:

  1. Neil, thanks for sharing this pattern. I had not seen this one before and am interested in the make up of the body fur. Will check into it...................

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks,Mel - let me know how it works for you!

      Delete