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William Blacker: Standard Flies: 6. Red Palmer Fly

  • Hook: Vintage blind-eye #8
  • Body: Red or orange mohair
  • Rib: Gold twist or tinsel
  • Hackle: Two red, from tail to head

Red Palmer Fly 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. I chose orange for the body here (the pattern say either red or orange)

William Blacker: Standard Flies: 3. The Ant Fly

  • Hook: Vintage blind-eye #8
  • Body: Cinnamon brown mohair
  • Legs: Red, small
  • Wing: Starling, wing

The Ant Fly, 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. The body is more fiery-brown than cinnamon brown, but I guess Blacker wouldn’t mind.