"River Axe: 2. Iron Blue" by Blacker, William

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


  • Hook:  f or No. 12
  • Body: Very thin, light dun
  • Rib: Pale yellow silk
  • Hackle: Brown red cock
  • Wing: Skittig, or water rail

Original material

As written in the book:

Hook much smaller than the pattern fly (pattern hook, ff, or No. 10; proper size, f, or No. 12). Body - very thin, fur as sent (light dun), warped up with pale yellow silk; hackle and whisks, color of the enclosed; (a brown red cock hackle). Wings - skittig, or water rail.

Long material list

Part Material Type Color
Body Dubbing
Light dubn
Rib Silk
Pale yellow
Hackle Chicken - Cock
Latin: Gallus gallus domesticus
Wing Skittig Feather
Or water rail

Materials in pattern

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