"The great caterpillar" by Blacker, William

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


  • Hook: c, No. 5 or 6
  • Body: Bright orange, gold colour silk, or mohair
  • Rib: Flat gold tinsel, peacock herl
  • Hackle: Two large red hackles, black at roots, from tail to shoulder

Cites list

This pattern contains cites material. The following list is a suggestion of substitutes you can use for this pattern.

Animal Substitutes

Original material

As written in the book:

Hook c. No. 5 or 6. Body - bright orange, gold colour silk, or mohair, ribbed with flat gold tinsel and peacock harl. Legs - two large red hackles, black at roots, rolled from the tail up full to the shoulder, varied with peacock harl, scarlet or yellow bodies; a large size yellow fly, ribbed with gold tinsel, is also very good for Chub fishing in the evening ; the golden olive fly is an excellent killer at night, made with golden olive hackle, and body the same colour, gold tinsel, and land rail or jay wings. - Hook fff or No. 7.

Long material list

Part Material Type Color
Body Silk
Bright orange. Or: gold silk or mohair
Rib Tinsel - Flat Gold      
Latin: Pavo cristatus
Herl Natural
Other Feather - Neck
Black at roots

Materials in pattern

We are working on getting more images to cover all parts.