Here in Scandinavia, one of the most popular dry flies is the sedge/caddis imitation Europea 12. As many of you know, this is fly number 12 in the French Europea-series of flies. Now, I am trying to trace the origins of this series, and it have been much more difficult that I thought!
In an article in the Scandinavian fly fishing magazine Flugfiske i Norden, the well known Swedish fly fisher Rolf Smedman once attributed the fly to Tony Burnand. Burnand was a friend of Charles Ritz, and for many years editor of the fishing magazine Au Bord de l’Eau. So far so good, but then I read in a book, by the Danish author Preben Torp Jacobsen, that the originator of the Europea series was André Ragot. Also Ragot was a notable man in French fishing, and founder of the fishing tackle company Ragot. Neither of my sources gives any arguments or further explanations, they just mention the two names. But what was the real story?
Perhaps they both were involved? Perhaps Burnand invented the series and Ragot sold them? Or perhaps Ragot invented them but Burnand wrote about them in Au Bord de l’Eau. I have in vain searched the web for a French site explaining this, but it seems that it is only in Scandinavia that these flies are remembered (or rather, that the 12th fly of the series is used though the rest are forgotten). :dunno:
Anyone with any further information about the origins of the Europea series?
Martin in Sweden