"Standard Flies: 11. The Grey Housewife" by Blacker, William

Author Blacker, William
Book The Art of Angling
Book Edition December 8th 1843
Page 24

April and September


  • Hook: ff
  • Tail: Mallard, two fibres
  • Body: Light brown mohair, mixed with hare's ear
  • Hackle: Partridge neck, or grey cock
  • Wing: Hen pheasant's wing, or grey drake

Original material

As written in the book:

Hook ff - Body, Light brown mohair, mixed with hare's ear fur. Tail, Two fibres of the mallard. Legs, Partridge neck feather, or grey
cock hackle. Wings, Hen pheasant's wing, or grey drake.

Long material list

Part Material Type Color
Tail Mallard
Latin: Anas platyrhynchos
Feather Natural
Body Other Mohair
Latin: Genus: Lepus
Hackle Partridge
Latin: Family: Phasianidae
Feather - Neck
Or grey cock
Wing Pheasant - Hen
Latin: Phasianus colchicus
Feather - Wing
Or grey drake

Materials in pattern

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Pattern pictures

By: Håvard Eide - https://flyfisher.org
By: Håvard Eide - https://flyfisher.org