"Gallantine" by Kelson, George M.

Author Kelson, George M.
Book The Salmon Fly
Book Edition N/A
Page 150

"An excellent standard Grub on the Usk. At the latter end of August, 1882, the water being very low, I killed fifteen Salmon in one week, varying from 13 Ibs. to 22 1/2 Ibs. in weight with this fly dressed on a No. 1 hook.

Tags kelson, grub, usk,


  • Tag: Silver twist, yellow silk
  • Tail: Light red-clare starling, back to back
  • Butt: White furnace dyed light red-claret
  • Body: Claret chenille. Butted in center with a white furnace dyed dark claret
  • Head: Large black hackle, two turns of Guinea dyed dark blue
  • Cheeks: Small Chatterer

Original material

As written in the book:

TAG. Silver twist and yellow silk.
TAIL. Two starling dyed light red-claret (back to back).
BUTT. (Or No. 1 hackle) A white furnace dyed light red-claret.
BODY. Claret chenille. No. 2 (or centre) hackle, a white furnace dyed dark claret.
HEAD. (Or No. 3 hackle) A large black hackle, and two turns of Gallina dyed dark blue.
CHEEKS. Chatterer (small, taken from head).