We're dipping into the archives with this selection - with a blast from the 1940's. One of our customers asked us if we do requests - "So long as it's legal", was our reply. They wanted us to reproduce some flies which were discussed in the fantastic book "Flyfishing the Welsh Borderlands" by Roger Smith (an excellent book which you can - and should buy).
The flies in question were attributed to a really interesting guy, the Rev. Edward Powell. What really caught our attention was when one of the grayling dry flies was described as "it's so deadly that I am sometimes sorry I ever invented it" - read on to find out which one it is.
Descriptions and photo's of each fly can be found below:
Orange Otter. One of Rev. Powell's most famous patterns - This was his 'go to' Grayling dry fly, it was the only one which would bring Grayling up from the bottom when they are not on the feed. This is the fly that the quote "it's so deadly that I am sometimes sorry I ever invented it" is attributed to. Selection contains 2 each of sizes 14 & 16.
Baby Sun Fly. Another of Rev. Powell's favourite flies, the Baby Sun Fly is great for all species, but especially Grayling. It is a smaller version of the fly originally tied by Dai Lewis (hence the "baby"). Can be used throughout the season. Selection contains 2 each of sizes 12 & 16.
Ermine Moth. Originally tied to imitate light coloured moths, this fly is fantastic when fished at dusk. It is noted as being very successful when Black Gnats are on the water (I've no idea why, but there you go!). Rev Powell loved this fly - "It is a marvellous fly all day and its colour gives one an extra half-hour's fishing at nightfall when other patterns would be invisible" - Great as the Autumn nights draw in. Selection contains 2 each of sizes 12 & 14.
Paragon. This fly is another which was a tweak of a pattern originally designed by Dai Lewis (the Rev was not shy was he) and originally designed as a dark sedge imitation. The longer hackle allows this fly to float really well and the maroon colour makes it quite easy to see. This fly supposedly took 1,918 fish over 6 seasons for him - can't be any harm in giving it a go then! Selection contains 2 each of sizes 12 & 16.
Note: Should the "Tree Trout" steal any of your flies, I am happy to sell flies individually to allow you to top up your box. Please contact me with details of your order, and I will email you an invoice. Parson Powell's can be bought for £1.50 per fly.
The above price includes 16 hand-tied flies supplied in our eco-friendly packaging, and as always, includes free delivery.