"The Improved Helmsdale" by Kelson, George M.

Author Kelson, George M.
Book The Salmon Fly
Book Edition N/A
Page 169
"One of the best Helmsdale patterns and a great favourite in the North."
Tags mcnicol, helmsdale,


  • Tag: Silver twist, yellow silk
  • Tail: Golden Pheasant topping, Indian Crow
  • Butt: Black herl
  • Body: Silver
  • Ribs: Oval silver
  • Hackle: Light green, second half of body
  • Wings: Golden Pheasant tippet strands, Peacock herl, red and yellow Swan, Golden Pheasant topping
  • Sides: Large Indian Crow
  • Cheeks: Small Indian Crow
  • Horns: Blue Macaw
  • Head: Black wool

Original material

As written in the book:

TAG. Silver twist and yellow silk.
TAIL. A topping and Indian Crow.
BUTT. Black herl.
BODY. Silver tinsel.
RIBS. Silver tinsel (oval).
HACKLE. Light green hackle (half-way).
WINGS. Golden Pheasant strands, Peacock herl, Swan dyed red and yellow, and a topping.
SIDES. Indian Crow (large).
CHEEKS. Indian Crow (small).
HORNS. Blue Macaw.
HEAD. Black wool.