Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Red Shiner Fly

This dressing substitutes American woodcock covert for British woodcock and the same peacock herl for the rib as the head. 

Hook:

10-14
Thread:

Orange
Rib:

Peacock herl
Body:

Burnt orange Madeira Classic Color rayon embroidery thread, 1021
Hackle:

American woodock covert
Head:

Peacock herl



John Turton describes the Red Shiner Fly as no. 31 in his Angler’s Manual (1836). He notes that it is "For April: made with orange silk: wing, red woodcock’s feather from butt end of wing; body, light bright orange silk, ribbed with green peacock’s feather; and peacock's head."  He also notes that the fly is a " good killer after rains." 

Turton also describes variant dressings: "It  changes these colours: -  if there be bright days, the red owl'sfeather, from butt end up wing, is used for wings; if a dark day, the brown owl's feather must be used from outside of wing; if clear low water, the partridge's rump feather is best."

5 comments:

  1. Neil - that's an interesting looking fly that I had not seen before! Looks like it would be an interesting variant on the partridge and orange when caddis are around!

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    1. I agree - to be honest, I tied up a few on 12s and 10s for darker water.

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  2. Uuuh nice I think I have all the stuff I need for this at home. Gonna try this one as soon as I get back in front of my fly tying desk :) thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. If you can post the results here, please do!

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  3. Red shiner fly indeed has green peacock feathers and head while a peacock fly for regarding activities then those mostly uses and he or she is better killer after rains. in here this articles mostly educative patters.

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