"The Grey Eagle" by Francis, Francis

Author Francis, Francis
Book A Book on Angling
Book Edition N/A
Page 354
Tags dee,


  • Tag: Silver tinsel
  • Tail: Golden pheasant saddle
  • Body: Sparsely dressed. 1/3 orange-yellow, 2/3 claret, or light purple claret, mohair
  • Rib: Broad silver tinsel in long spirals
  • Hackle: Eagle
  • Throat: Teal
  • Wing: Two broad strips of silver-grey turkey

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Original material

As written in the book:

The yellow is simply the same feather as the grey, only dyed of a bright canary yellow; indeed, I believe, in the evening, the 'yalley aigle * is the favourite, and is the more effective fly of the two. The tail, body, &c., are precisely similar to those of the gled wing; a quantity of the down or fluffy part of the golden eagle's feather - the part on and above the thigh is, I fancy, the best - is then wound on like a hackle, till the fly looks like the but end of a largish eagle's feather itself; on the shoulder is of course the invariable teal hackle; wings, two broadish strips of silver-grey turkey, the large mottled or broad striped and banded feather being selected.

Long material list

Part Material Type Color
Tag Tinsel Silver      
Tail Pheasant - Golden
Latin: Chrysolophus pictus
Feather - Saddle Natural
Body Other Mohair
1/3 body, orange-yellow
Other Mohair
2/3 body, or light purple-claret
Rib Tinsel
Broad, long spirals
Hackle Eagle
Latin: Accipitridae
Feather Natural
Throat Teal
Latin: Anas crecca
Feather Natural
Wing Turkey
Latin: Genus: Meleagris

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