"The Lemon Grey" by Kelson, George M.

Author Kelson, George M.
Book The Salmon Fly
Book Edition N/A
Page 181

"According to my Father's notes dated 1833, this fly was dressed in Ireland with a claret hackle under the lemon throat, and with horns of blue Macaw. It is one of the best flies on the Shannon and Lee and a great favourite on most rivers, especially in Ireland."

Tags jewhurst, irish, shannon, lee,


  • Tag: Silver twist, yellow silk
  • Tail: Golden Pheasant topping
  • Butt: Black herl
  • Body: Silver Monkey, or Rabbit fur
  • Ribs: Oval silver
  • Hackle: Irish-grey hackle or a natural blue-dun, from second turn
  • Throat: Yellow or lemon
  • Wings: Golden Pheasant Tippet in strands, Teal, Guinea, Mallard, Golden Pheasant topping

Original material

As written in the book:

TAG. Silver twist and yellow silk.
TAIL. A topping.
BUTT. Black herl.
BODY. Silver Monkey (modern), Rabbit fur (ancient).
BIBS. Silver tinsel (oval).
HACKLE. An Irish-grey hackle (modern), a natural blue-dun (ancient), from second turn.
THROAT. A yellow hackle (modern), a lemon hackle (ancient).
WINGS. Tippet in strands, Teal, Gallina, Mallard, and a topping.