"River Bush: 5th Fly" by Blacker, William

Author Blacker, William
Book The Art of Angling
Book Edition December 8th 1843
Page 42


  • Tail: Golden pheasant topping
  • Body: Copper-coloured peacock herl
  • Rib: Gold tinsel, from the tail up
  • Hackle: Black, close wraps at the head
  • Wing: Peacock sword
  • Head: Black ostrich

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Original material

As written in the book:

Body, copper-coloured peacock harl and gold tinsel, from the tail up. Legs, black hackle, close at the head. Wings, sword feather of the peacock's tail. Head, black ostrich and topping for tail.

Long material list

Part Material Type Color
Tail Pheasant - Golden
Latin: Chrysolophus pictus
Feather - Head Natural
Body Peacock
Latin: Pavo cristatus
Herl Copper      
Rib Tinsel Gold      
Hackle Feather
Close wraps at head
Wing Peacock
Latin: Pavo cristatus
Feather Natural
Head Ostrich
Latin: Struthio camelus
Herl Black      

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