"The Ness No. 3 - The Denison" by Francis, Francis

Author Francis, Francis
Book A Book on Angling
Book Edition N/A
Page 357
Tags riverness,


  • Tag: Silver twist, one turn, claret and yellow floss
  • Tail: Golden pheasant topping, veiled with wood-duck
  • Butt: Black ostrich
  • Body: First half silver, second half light blue floss
  • Rib: Silver twist
  • Hackle: Light blue over blue floss
  • Throat: Blue jay
  • Wing: Two golden pheasant tippet, jungle-cock as long as the hook. Golden pheasant rump feathers, same size as tippet (s
  • Topping: Golden pheasant topping
  • Horns: Blue macaw
  • Head: Black head.

Cites list

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Animal Substitutes
Jungle Cock

Original material

As written in the book:

Tag, one turn of silver twist, do.of claret, and ditto of yellow floss; tail,one topping, and a slip of wood-duck; but, black ostrich; body, one half silvert hread, and the other light blue floss; silver twist; hackle, light blue (only down to the silver), blue jay at the shoulder. So far the fly is a compromise between the two doctors. The wing, however, is peculiar, having a greasy look from the two gold pheasant rump feathers in it. Imprimis two tippet feathers, with a jungle-cock on either side as long as the hook; over these again two gold pheasant rump feathers (same size as the tippet), one topping over all; blue macaw ribs and black head.

Long material list

Part Material Type Color
Tag Tinsel - Twist
One turn
Floss Claret      
Floss Yellow      
Tail Pheasant - Golden
Latin: Chrysolophus pictus
Feather - Head Natural
Wood Duck
Latin: Aix sponsa
Butt Ostrich
Latin: Struthio camelus
Herl Black      
Body Tinsel
1/2 body
1/2 body
Blue - Light      
Rib Tinsel - Twist Silver      
Hackle Chicken - Cock
Latin: Gallus gallus domesticus
Over blue
Blue - Light      
Throat Blue Jay Feather - Wing Blue      
Wing Pheasant - Golden
Latin: Chrysolophus pictus
Feather - Neck
Jungle Cock
Latin: Gallus sonneratii
Feather - Neck
As long as the hook
Pheasant - Golden
Latin: Chrysolophus pictus Rump
Same size as tippet
Topping Pheasant - Golden
Latin: Chrysolophus pictus
Feather - Head Natural
Horns Macaw
Latin: Tribe: Arini
Feather - Tail Blue      
Head Black      

Materials in pattern

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