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William Blacker: Standard Flies 16. Hare’s Ear Fly

Body: Hare’s ear fur, mixed with a little yellow mohair
Wing: Starling, bunting, or woodcock

Hare’s Ear 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 darkes ones suffered during a lack of long enough starling to cover the hook-length (and a bit too much hare’s ear in the mix compared to the other two. A buggy pattern indeed!

William Blacker: Standard Flies 15. The Little Soldier Fly

Body: Gold  mohair or floss
Hackle: Small black-red
Wing: Starling and partridge tail, mixed

The Little Soldier 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.

A little bit of partridge above the starling wing gives the wing on this pattern a interesting look and should provide that little extra movement for the fly. A technique I should add to some other wets as well.

William Blacker: Standard Flies 14. Black Gnat

Tip: gold
Body: Black ostrich
Legs: Small black
Wing: Starling’s wing

Black Gnat 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.

A versatile pattern that have been in use all these years, but with a body-material that you don’t see that often today: ostrich herl.

William Blacker: Standard Flies 13. Cow Dung Fly

Body: Lemon mohair
Hackle: Cinnamon
Wing: Landrail’s wing

Cow Dung 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.

For this I substituted Landrail with what I had available in a dark/tan wing material: don’t get too fixated on the exactness of a pattern, looking at the intent of this pattern from the old pictures, this, for me, is a good representation of it!

William Blacker: Standard Flies 12. The Stone Fly

Tail: Mallard, two fibers
Body: Brown, mixed with yellow, mohair
Hackle: Black-red
Wing: Brown mallard, or hen pheasant’s tail

The Stone 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 color-combination here with the dark wing over the yellow-red body will result in a fly that should attract trout anywhere.