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I was given a book by the man who owns the local tackle shop, which he received after an old gentleman from my area passed away. In the book is a list of wet flies he used to tie, however I haven't heard of many of them. Any help in finding some of these patterns would be greatly appreciated! His handwriting is difficult to understand, so apologies for any mistakes!



February Red

Edmonds Welsh Fly


Holland/Holamp's Fancy?

Forps/Fords Favorite?

Hare Lug


Orange Dun

Gristle Dun


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Febuary Red
Fly Materials Tail Lemon wood duck (sparse). Body Circa 1930 terra cotta silk floss. This floss is dusty-rose color when dry but turns the color of raw beef liver when wet. Rib Ffine oval gold tinsel. Hackle Barred rock hen with as defined a barring as you can get



Hares lug

Hook: Daiichi 1550 or similar Wet Fly Hook (size 16)
Body: Pearsalls Silk thread - Primrose Yellow
Body / Thorax: Natural Hare's Ear
Hackle: Golden Plover

The Orange Dun
Body: dark orange silk, and the fly to be dressed with the same.
Tail: two fibers of a Starling's feather.
Legs: a dark dun hackle.
Wings: the dark part of a Starling's quill feather.


I think the gristle dun is actually supose to be a grizzly dun if so here is the recipe

Hook: Tiemco 100 or 103BL
Thread: 8/0 black
Tail: Moose body
Wing: Top quality deer hair (not costal)
Hackle: grizzly
Body & Head: muskrat dubbing

there is a couple sorry don't know anything about the others

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The following recipes are from Perrault's Standard Dictionary of Fishing Flies


Two different recipes for Edmonson's Welch Fly:


Body: Brownish-orange dubbing

Hackle: Partridge

Wing: Woodcock



Tip: Gold tinsel

Body: Dirty yellow mohair dubbing

Hackle: Black and brown, mixed, sparse

Wing: Woodcock


I found 6 recipes for Hofland's Fancy.

I'm not going to type them all but in general:

Tail: Brown hackle fibers

Body: Reddish brown or orange-brown or claret or red floss or dubbing.

Hackle: Brown

Wing: Woodcock or hen pheasant or turkey or snipe

One recipe has a gold rib.


Explorer (Variation):

Rib: Gold tinsel

Body: Peacock herl

Hackle: Dun, Palmered


Ford's Favorite:

Body: Blue floss

Hackle: Very dark grizzly

Wing: Dark snipe



Tip: Red floss

Tail: Rusty dun hackle fibers

Body: Blue rabbit underfur dubbing

Hackle: Rusty dun

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I would always add a fine gold rib to the hair lug and plover. This fly is a great river pattern widely used on the Derbyshire wye in 1800s to present. Roger Fogg 'the art of the wet fly' rants about it.


The borderer is an old welsh fly and tied on a #14. W.M.Gallichan, the originator used a tip of red tying silk along with the rabbit fur body. This hint of red over a dubbed body is common in welsh patterns.

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