"The Rough Grouse" by Kelson, George M.

Author Kelson, George M.
Book The Salmon Fly
Book Edition N/A
Page 203
"A splendid fly on the Spey in dull wet weather. The pattern can be varied for other rivers, when it may have either  'mixed' or 'built wings,' and an ordinary Cock's hackle where Heron's do not serve faithfully; but the speckly characteristics in both parts of the fly must be maintained. I have done better with this fly when using the Crown Pigeon instead of Grey Heron"
Tags cruikshank, spey,


  • Tail: Few fibres of yellow Macaw
  • Body: Short, black Berlin wool
  • Ribs: Silver
  • Hackle: Grey Heron, from third turn
  • Throat: Black and white speckled Turkey
  • Wings: Black and white speckled Turkey strips

Original material

As written in the book:

TAIL. A few fibres of yellow Macaw's hackle.
BODY. Black Berlin wool (short).
RIBS. Silver tinsel.
HACKLE. Grey Heron from third turn.
THROAT. Black and white speckled Turkey.
WINGS. Black and white speckled Turkey (strips).