"The needle fly, or Harry Long Legs" by Blacker, William

Author Blacker, William
Book The Art of Angling
Book Edition December 8th 1843
Page 71


  • Hook: fff or No. 6 & 7
  • Body: Light dun, mixed with hare's ear fur and a few hairs of yellow mohair. Long and thin taper
  • Rib: Optional gold
  • Hackle: Large brown red cock saddle
  • Wing: Hen pheasant tail, mixed with brown mallard

Original material

As written in the book:

Hook fff or Nos. 6 & 7. Body - light dun, mixed with hare's ear fur (the dark), and a few hairs of yellow mohair, made taper, long, and thin. Legs - a large brown red cock hackle, (off the saddle) rolled on at the trottle. Wings - hen pheasant tail, mixed with brown mallard. This is an excellent killer, ribbed with gold, for the evening.

Long material list

Part Material Type Color
Body Hare
Latin: Genus: Lepus Ear
Other Mohair
Mixed with dun and hare's ear. Long and thin taper
Rib Tinsel
Hackle Chicken - Cock
Latin: Gallus gallus domesticus
Feather - Saddle
Wing Pheasant - Hen
Latin: Phasianus colchicus
Feather - Tail Natural
Latin: Anas platyrhynchos
Mixed with pheasant

Materials in pattern

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