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A pattern from A Book On Angling

by Francis Francis

The use of a Jay hackle in a fly instead of the blue Guinea Fowl substitute, makes it stand out from the crowd. Choice of the blue Jay covert and also the “stem splitting” technique is all important in getting the right look to the fly. The fly pictured above is from Francis Francis on a size 2 blind eye hook.  The technique I use is one from the old books such as the book from the Londsdale library by Eric Taverner. I prefer to wind the Jay hackles clockwise and hence choose a feather with the blue on the right hand side. Hold the base of the stem in a vice, good side facing you. Take hold of the tip of the feather in the finger and thumb of both hands and pull in opposite directions in a horizontal line. Do dot pull at a downwards angle. The feather should split (I usually have a 75-80 %  success rate). the next stage is to blacken the inside of the stem of the side with the blue strips. This is best done with a wide felt tip. This prevents the white pith showing through when wound. Tie in by the tip and wind. Remember to leave enough space for this task, the stem still gets thick in a hurry. The fly pictured above has what some would call a painted throat. For better results an ordinary hen hackle can be added and this will distribute the  Jay better.


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One Comment

  1. these are great flies what is the fly eye made of

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