"River Axe: 1. Wren Tail" by Blacker, William

Author Blacker, William
Book The Art of Angling
Book Edition December 8th 1843
Page 68


  • Hook: Very small (midge)
  • Body: Yellow silk
  • Rib: Optional gold twist
  • Hackle: Wren's tail feather or red feather from cock grouse head

Original material

As written in the book:

Hook very small (midge). Body - yellow silk, and in some specimens a little gold twist ; hackle, either the wren's tail feather, (see the wren tail feather prepared below, plate 7,) or the small red feather on the cock grouse head.

Long material list

Part Material Type Color
Body Silk Yellow      
Rib Tinsel - Twist
Hackle Wren Feather - Tail
Or red from Cock grouse head