"The Britannia" by Francis, Francis

Author Francis, Francis
Book A Book on Angling
Book Edition N/A
Page 342


  • Hook: No. 4, 5, or 6
  • Tag: Gold twist
  • Tail: Golden pheasant topping, long. Fibers of of scarlet ibis and Florican
  • Body: Two or three turns of bright golden floss, bright orange pig's wool
  • Rib: Gold tinsel, and silver twist
  • Hackle: Bright red claret, bustard or wood-duck hackle over that
  • Throat: Dark blue or green hackle. in front of wing
  • Wing: Two shovel duck-feathers, with three to five toppings over.
  • Sides: Two short junglecock on either side,
  • Cheek: Kingfisher
  • Head: Gold thread

Cites list

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

Animal Substitutes
  • Feather => Peacock : Feather - Wing
Kori Bustard
  • Feather => Turkey : Feather - Tail
Jungle Cock

Original material

As written in the book:

The tag, gold twist; tail, a good-sized topping, a bit of scarlet ibis and fibres of Florican; body, two or three turns of bright golden floss, and then bright orange pig's wool; gold tinsel, and silver twist; bright red claret hackle, bustard or wood-duck hackle over that, and dark blue or green hackle on shoulder, or rather as a ruff over the wing: under-wing, a couple of shovel duck-feathers, with from three to five toppings over it, two short junglecock on either shoulder, and two shorter still kingfisher just below and over them at cheek; head, gold thread. A very warm gorgeous-looking fly. By using a dark orange or a red-brown hackle, the warmth of the fly may be toned down. The green shoulder-hackled fly is my favourite. Size, 4, 5, or 6.

Long material list

Part Material Type Color
Tag Tinsel - Twist Gold      
Tail Pheasant - Golden
Latin: Chrysolophus pictus
Feather - Head
Latin: Eudocimus ruber
Feather Scarlet      
Latin: Otididae
Feather Natural
Body Floss
Bright golden, two or three turns
Pig Wool
Bright orange
Rib Tinsel Gold      
Tinsel - Twist Silver      
Hackle Chicken - Cock
Latin: Gallus gallus domesticus
Feather - Neck
Kori Bustard
Latin: Ardeotis kori
Or wood-duck
Throat Chicken - Cock
Latin: Gallus gallus domesticus
Feather - Neck
Or green, in front of wing
Blue - Dark      
Wing Duck
Latin: Anatidae Shovel
Feather Natural
Pheasant - Golden
Latin: Chrysolophus pictus
Feather - Head
Three to five toppings
Sides Jungle Cock
Latin: Gallus sonneratii
Feather - Neck
Cheek Kingfisher
Latin: Alcedo atthis
Feather Blue      
Head Thread Gold      

Materials in pattern

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