Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Grey Partridge or Grey Watchet


Hook:

16-18
Thread:

Primrose
Body:

Primrose Pearsall’s gossamer silk
Hackle:
Head:

Partridge
Peacock herl



In North-Country Flies (1886), T. E. Pritt distinguishes the Yellow Partridge (Grey Gnat) No. 28, “a good killer almost any time during April,”  from the Grey Partridge (Grey Watchett), No. 57, which he recommends dressing “for cold days, and in the evenings during June and July”:

“WINGS.—Hackled with a light feather from a Partridge’s breast.
BODY.—Straw-coloured silk.
HEAD.—Peacock herl.”

W. H. Lawrie includes a Grey Partridge Spider among his list of Border Hackled Flies in Scottish Trout Flies (1966), dressing it with bodies of both the yellow and primrose silk of Pritt’s Yellow and Grey Partridges. Lawrie recommends it for spring fishing, from late April through June.

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