The FishPal Christmas Fly

Dec 23, 2013 | Tackle Box

FishPal Christmas Fly - Paul Little

FishPal commissioned International fly dresser Paul Little to design and tie the 2013 FishPal Christmas fly.

Designed round the colours of Christmas, white, red, blue together with silver and gold tinsels, the fly was created in a classic style of a bygone era. All materials in the fly’s construction are those found in many classic patterns with the wing style; a repeat sequence of the same colour strips, being attributed to George Mortimer Kelson (the author of The Salmon Fly, published in 1895). The fly is pictured held in an old fly tying vice (although this style of vice may have its origins in watch making or jewellery manufacture) It is probably over 100 years old.

Pattern description

Hook: 2/0 HE2 Partridge Bartleet single

Thread: Danville’s 6/0 primrose

Tip: Fine oval gold oval tinsel

Tag: White floss

Tail: Barred Summer duck dyed insect green

Butt: Black Ostrich herl

Body: Rear half, silver embossed tinsel, front half red

Seal’s fur

Rib: Medium oval gold tinsel

Throat: Hackle dyed insect green

Wing: Married strips of white Turkey, red Turkey,

Speckled Bustard and a topping.

Sides: Barred Summer duck

Cheeks: Jungle cock

Head: Black

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