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Part One hundred fifty
Jane Craig Streamer
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
From Streamer Fly Tying & Fishing by Joseph D.
Bates, Jr., "This is one of the earliest and best known of the Maine
streamers. It was originated by Mr. Herbert L. Welch, of Mooselookmeguntic,
Maine, and name in honor of Jane Craig, a vaudeville actress of the
team of Dalton and Craig, which toured the Keith Circuit when this
fly was originated in about 1923. Mr. Welch later dressed the fly
with yellow hackles and named it the Yellow Jane Craig. The
white version was dressed to imitate a smelt. The yellow adaptation
was designed to give the fly greater visibility on dark days or in
discolored water. Mr. Welch considers saddle hackles vastly superior
to the heavier neck or shoulder hackles because they make a more
streamlined fly and give better action in the water."
Jane Craig Streamer (as dressed by the originator)
Body: Medium flat silver tinsel.
Throat: A small bunch of white hackle fibers.
Wing: Six white saddle hackles.
Topping: Seven or eight strands of bright green peacock herl, as long as the wing.
Cheeks: Jungle cock.
Credits: Photo from Forgotten Flies
by Paul Schmookler and Ingrid V. Sills, published by the
Complete Sportsman. Text and recipe from: Streamer Fly Tying & Fishing
by Joseph D. Bates, Jr., published by Stackpole Books.
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