"The Purple Emperor" by Kelson, George M.

Author Kelson, George M.
Book The Salmon Fly
Book Edition N/A
Page 197

"This is a capital fly on the Spey early in the year."

"In bright weather and water the throat is better of Teal."

Tags kelson, spey,


  • Tag: Silver twist, yellow silk
  • Tail: Tourocou, strands of Summer Duck, powdered blue Macaw
  • Butt: Black herl
  • Body: Fine oval silver, four turns of violet Seal's fur at throat
  • Ribs:  Oval gold
  • Hackle: Silver coch-a-bonddu from butt
  • Throat: Yellow Hen Pheasant
  • Wings: Two Jungle Cock back to back, Widgeon, yellow Swan, Golden Pheasant tail, Tourocou, grey Mallard, Golden Pheasant topping

Original material

As written in the book:

TAG. Silver twist and yellow silk.
TAIL. Tourocou, strands of Summer Duck and powdered blue Macaw.
BUTT. Black herl.
BODY. Silver tinsel (oval, fine) with four turns of violet Seal's fur at throat.
RIBS. Gold tinsel (oval).
HACKLE. A silver coch-a-bonddu from butt.
THROAT. A hen Pheasant dyed yellow.
WINGS. Two Jungle (back to back), Widgeon, Swan dyed yellow, Golden Pheasant tail, Tourocou, grey Mallard and a topping.