"The Doctor" by Francis, Francis

Author Francis, Francis
Book A Book on Angling
Book Edition N/A
Page 335


  • Hook: No. 6 to No. 10
  • Tag: Fine gold twist, three or four turns
  • Tail: Gold pheasant topping
  • But: A turn of scarlet crewel
  • Body: Pale blue floss silk
  • Hackle: Blue, slightly darker than body silk, from tail to head. Variation: Blue jay
  • Rib: Silver tinsel. Optional on larger flies: silver twist
  • Throat: Optional brown grouse, partridge, or bustard
  • Wing: Mixed. Bustard, dark turkey, argus pheasant and claret, blue, and yellow swan. Swan predominant in the wing. For smaller flies: Mallard and pintail
  • Head: Scarlet crewel

Cites list

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Animal Substitutes
Kori Bustard
  • Feather => Turkey : Feather - Tail

Original material

As written in the book:

Commencing, then, at the bend of the hook, tie on as a tag three or four turns of fine gold twist. Tail, a single gold pheasant topping, over this, as a but, a turn of scarlet crewel; body, pale blue floss silk, with hackle a shade or two darker, wound on from tail to head (this is varied at times with blue jay's feather); silver tinsel (in large flies of all kind the tinsel may be rendered more conspicuous by the addition of some twist wound on beside it). At the shoulder a brown grouse, partridge, or bustard hackle may be wound on; a blue jay is sometimes used over the blue hackle. The wing is a mixed wing, containing fibres of bustard, dark turkey, argus pheasant, and claret, blue, and yellow fibres of stained swan feathers, the latter predominating. In smaller flies mallard and pintail are introduced. The head is of scarlet crewel. This fly is dressed upon any sized hook, from about No. 6 to No. 10, to suit the water.

Long material list

Part Material Type Color
Tag Tinsel - Twist
Fine, three or four turns
Tail Pheasant - Golden
Latin: Chrysolophus pictus
Feather - Head Natural
Other Crewel
One turn
Body Floss - Silk
Pale blue
Hackle Chicken - Cock
Latin: Gallus gallus domesticus
Feather - Neck
Slightly darker than body
Rib Tinsel
Optional silver twist
Throat Grouse Feather
Optional, or partridge/bustard
Wing Kori Bustard
Latin: Ardeotis kori
Feather Natural
Latin: Genus: Meleagris
Pheasant - Argus
Latin: Argusianus argus
Feather Natural
Latin: Genus: Cygnus
Feather - Wing Claret      
Latin: Genus: Cygnus
Feather - Wing Blue      
Latin: Genus: Cygnus
Feather - Wing Yellow      
Head Crewel Scarlet      

Materials in pattern

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