Published Aug 17. 2020 - 2 years ago

Brown Owl

Learn to dress this classic soft-hackled north country spider from Pritt’s famous book North Country Flies.
For the sake of authenticity, I have dressed this traditional pattern with a Tawny Owl overcovert feather taken from a Victorian fly tying collection. The only real suitable substitute hackle I have found to date with the required colouration and mottling is a hackle taken from a Hen Reeves Pheasant rump, though sadly even these feathers do not have the same softness which is a character of the owl hackle.

Hook: Size 14 (Partridge SUD2)
Silk: Orange (Vintage Miller’s Tying silk from the 1890’s)
Hackle: Reddish feather from the outside of a Brown Owl’s wing
Head: Peacock herl

Martin Joergensen

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