Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Partridge and Green



Green Pearsall’s gossamer thread

Tying thread

Black and brown hare’s face (optional)

Gray Partridge

In the first edition of The Soft-Hackled Fly (1975), Sylvester Nemes includes a Partridge and Green with and without a fur thorax. The original dressing, no. 2, calls for:

body: Green silk floss
hackle: Gray partridge,”

whereas the Partridge and Green and Fur Thorax is dressed

body: 2/3’s, green silk floss
thorax: Black and brown hare’s face
hackle: Gray partridge.”

Dave Hughes also includes the Partridge and Green in the first edition of Wet Flies (1995), attributing it to Nemes. He dresses it using

“Thread: Green Pearsall’s Gossamer silk.
Hackle: Gray Partridge.
Body: Working silk, or green Marabou silk floss.
Thorax: Hare’s mask fur, or #7 Hare’s Ear Plus, tan (thorax optional).”

This dressing follows Paul H. Young’s suggestion to use a dyed quill body, but substitutes a Blue Winged Olive dyed turkey biot for the body. It adds the hare's ear thorax that Hughes and Nemes recommend.

In Two Centuries of Soft-Hackled Flies (2004), Nemes attributes his first encounter with soft hackles to Paul H. Young, whose self-published book Making and Using the Fly and Leader (1938) includes a discussion of Partridge Spiders dressed in green, orange, and yellow. Young notes that the “Body may be ‘dubbed’ or made of dyed quill which is excellent.”


  1. Another favorite particularly in spring when the green/olive bodied caddis are on the water. I'm partial to the top dressing, myself. Nice work Neil!

    1. Thank you, Mark - I've never really played with the biot-bodied dressing before

  2. Neil I agree with Mark. That partridge and green is a staple, and for good reason.
    Lovely work.