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Fly patterns from the Treatyse

 

he patterns are given by the month in which they were best fished, a convention which books on fly fishing were to follow for centuries afterwards.

March

The Dun Fly: the body of dun wool and the wings of the partridge (? March Brown)
Another Dun Fly: the body of black wool; the wings of the blackest drake; and the jay under the wing and under the tail.

April

The Stone Fly: the body of black wool, and yellow under the wing and under the tail; and the wings, of the drake.
In the beginning of May, a good fly: the body of reddened wool and lapped about with black silk; the wings, of the drake and the red capon's hackle.

May

The Yellow Fly: the body of yellow wool; the wings of red cock's hackle and of the drake dyed yellow.
The Black Leaper: the body of black wool and lapped about with the herl of the peacock's tail; and the wings of the red capon with a blue head.

June

The Dun Cut: the body of black wool, and a yellow stripe along either side; the wings, of the buzzard, bound on with hemp that has been treated with tanbark.
The Maure Fly: the body of dusky wool, the wings of the blackest feathers of the wild drake.
The Tandy Fly at St. William's Day : the body of tandy wool; and the wings the opposite, either against the other, of the whitest breast feathers of the wild drake.

July

The Wasp Fly: the body of black wool and lapped about with yellow thread; the wings, of the buzzard.
The Shell Fly at St. Thomas' Day : the body of green wool and lapped about with the herl of the peacock's tail; wings, of the buzzard.

August

The Drake Fly: the body of black wool and lapped about with black silk; wings of the breast feathers of the black drake with a black head.

 

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