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William Blacker: Standard Flies 19. Grey Drake

Tail: Mallard, three fibers
Body: Rat’s back fur, mixed with yellow mohair
Hackle: Grey
Wing: Grey mallard
Head: Peacock herl

The Grey Drake from The Art of Angling by William Blacker. The one above is tied in hand on a vintage blind-eye hook, while the three below all are tied for fishing on Ahrex FW580 #10. Substituted rat fur with some fox underfur

William Blacker: Standard Flies 11. The Grey Housewife

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

The Grey Housewife from The Art of Angling by William Blacker. The one above is tied in hand on a vintage blind-eye hook, while the two below all are tied for fishing on Ahrex FW580 #10.