"The Mandarin Drake" by Kelson, George M.

Author Kelson, George M.
Book The Salmon Fly
Book Edition N/A
Page 187
Description "This double strip-winged fly is a superb pattern on the Earn. It takes after the style introduced on the Dee by Garden of Aberdeen."

Tags kelson, earn, dee,


  • Tag: Gold twist, yellow silk
  • Tail: Golden Pheasant topping and tippet strands
  • Butt: Black herl
  • Body: 1/2 yellow Seal's fur, with two strips of Mandarin Drake as body wing. 1/2 dark blue Seal's fur
  • Rib: 1/2 gold, 1/2 broad gold
  • Hackle: Yellow over yellow fur, from second turn. Blue over blue fur, from second turn
  • Throat: Blue Jay
  • Wings: Two strips of Mandarin Drake

Original material

As written in the book:

TAG. Gold twist and yellow silk.
TAIL. A topping and tippet strands.
BUTT. Black herl.
BODY. In two equal sections: No. 1, yellow Seal's fur, ribbed with gold tinsel, and with a small yellow hackle from second turn; having two strips of Mandarin Drake (white tipped) to form one set of body wings: No. 2, dark blue Seal's fur, ribbed with broad gold tinsel, and with a light blue hackle from second turn.
WINGS. Two strips (a trifle longer than the others) of Mandarin Drake (white tipped).