"Standard Flies: 19. Grey Drake" by Blacker, William

Author Blacker, William
Book The Art of Angling
Book Edition December 8th 1843
Page 28
End of April


  • Hook: fff
  • Tail: Mallard, three fibers
  • Body: Rat's back fur, mixed with yellow mohair
  • Hackle: Grey
  • Wing: Grey mallard
  • Head: Peacock herl

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Original material

As written in the book:

Hook fff. - Body, Rat's back fur, mixed with yellow mohair. Tail, Three fibres of the mallard. Legs, Grey hackle. Wings, Grey mallard. Head, Peacock harl.

Long material list

Part Material Type Color
Tail Mallard
Latin: Anas platyrhynchos
Three fibers
Body Rat Fur - Back  
Other Mohair
Mixed with rat
Hackle Feather Gray      
Wing Mallard
Latin: Anas platyrhynchos
Feather Gray      
Head Peacock
Latin: Pavo cristatus
Herl Natural

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