"The Spey Dog " by Francis, Francis

Author Francis, Francis
Book A Book on Angling
Book Edition N/A
Page 389


  • Body: Black pig's wool
  • Rib: Broad silver tinsel in wide turns
  • Hackle: Black spey hackle, wound reverse so the hackle stands out. Wound counter-clockwise over the tinsel
  • Rib: Gold tinsel, securing the hackle
  • Throat: Teal hackle
  • Wing: Golden pheasant tail, long strips of grey mallard over

Original material

As written in the book:

Body, black pig's wool; up this is then wound some broad silver tinsel in widish rings; over the tinsel is laid on a large black feather (it can hardly be called hackle) with a lightish dun tip, taken from the side of a Scotch cock's tail. The feather is dressed the wrong way, so that the hackle stands out abruptly, and it is carried round the opposite way to the tinsel, as some of the tinsel crosses it; over this hackle is wound some gold tinsel, not side by side with the silver, but quite independent of it. This aids the glitter of the fly, and strengthens and keeps the hackle secure. At the shoulder a teal hackle; wing, a good wad of gold pheasant
tail, with two long strips of grey mallard with brownish points over it.
The fly can be varied by using a brown hackle and turkey instead of gold pheasant tail; add also orange silk between the tinsels.
Drange silk between the tinsels.

Long material list

Part Material Type Color
Body Pig Wool Black      
Rib Tinsel
Broad, wide turns
Hackle Spey cock Feather - Tail
Wound reverse, over tinsel
Rib Tinsel
Over hackle, securing it
Throat Teal
Latin: Anas crecca
Feather Natural
Wing Pheasant - Golden
Latin: Chrysolophus pictus
Feather - Tail Natural
Latin: Anas platyrhynchos
Long strips over

Materials in pattern

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