Published Dec 10. 2023 - 2 months ago
Updated or edited Dec 10. 2023

Black Pennell

In this video I'll tie the fly Black Pennell. In 1886, its author, released the first fly tying hooks with an eye facing downwards. That makes the design of these hooks about 140 years old! The man behind that idea and the fly was called Henry Cholmondeley-Pennell. He was a remarkable man because he was not only an angler, but also a poet and writer. He published five books about fishing, along with a poetry book with a collection of own poems. His fly, Black Pennell has become a classic wet fly pattern in the category of the very best flies there are. Black Pennell is very similar to another fly named Teal and Black because if you add a wing from a mallard to the Black Pennell, you'll have Teal and Black. Both flies are excellent and have long proven themselves to be among the best. I can 100% recommend Black Pennell if you are going out fishing for trout. The fly is quick and not complicated at all. Black Pennell deserves a place in all fly boxes for trout.

Here you can read more about the author of the fly and his work:


Author: Henry Cholmondeley-Pennell
Angler: Ahrex FW560 #12
Thread: Semperfli 8/0 black.
Wrap: Semperfli oval silver tinsel small.
Stele: Feather of the golden pheasant.
Body: Black wool, worsted yarn or even daub.
Collar: Black hen.
Head: UV Solarez Bone Cure.

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