Published Jun 13. 2017 - 6 years ago
Updated or edited Jun 13. 2017

Anson Special

The Anson Special bucktail is an old fly originated by Mr. Anson Bell who worked as a logger in northern Maine and New Hampshire. His work placed him near water such as the Magalloway where his bucktail was tested. I've tied this fly with wood duck, but using teal slips, mallard, or gadwall should all wok fine on the fly.

The fly was tied for all species of trout with the brook trout in particular in New York state and in New England. If you don't have jungle cock, try painting on some eyes instead.

the pattern can be found in Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing ( Dr. Joseph D. Bates Jr. on page 218. It is a book I use often and I keep a well-thumbed copy on my tying bench.

The hook used in the video is no longer available, but any 4xl streamer hook will work perfectly fine.

Anson Special Bucktail (Mr. Anson Bell)

Hook: 4xl Streamer hook #2-#8
Thread: Black 6/0
Tag: #10 Silver flat tinsel
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Rib: #14 Silver flat tinsel
Body: Peacock herl
Throat: Red hen hackle
Wing: White bucktail
Shoulder: Black barred lemon or teal
Eye: Jungle cock nail


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