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used-to-be. These flies were tied with the only materials
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materials, they were created and improved upon at a
far slower pace than todays modern counterparts;
limited by materials available and the
Once long gone, there existed a 'fraternity' of anglers
who felt an obligation to use only the 'standard' patterns
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Part One hundred-nine
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
"This bright salmon fly dating about 1840 was the creation of
Walton Scruton of Durham. Mr. Scruton was the orginating
member of the Sprouston Club, organized in 1845, located a
few miles down-river from Kelso, on the River Tweed, in
Roxburgh County, Scotland, just north of the English border.
William Henderson . . ., a fellow member of the Sprouston Club,
tells of Mr. Scruton in his book."
The original pattern was described:
Quoted section and tying recipe from Fly Patterns and Their
Origins, published by Westshore Publications,
Color photo from Forgotten Flies. We appreciate use permission!
- Tail: Pheasant crest.
- Body: Claret floss body.
- Rib: Gold.
- Tip: Yellow floss tip.
- Tag: Peacock.
- Hackle: Claret.
- Wing: Pheasant tipped wings with jungle
up each side. (Light blue shown here.)
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