Recently, I’ve been reading The Founding Flies by Mike Valla. Wow, what a fabulous book of fly tying history. The amount of fly patterns and information in this book is impressive! It has quickly become one of my favorites. The book brings to light many patterns you do not normally hear or read anything about.
The fly below is an example of one such pattern brought here by Scottish born fly tyer Elizabeth Greig. You can read much more about her intriguing history in The Founding Flies.
Gary Fraser tied the version below and I have included his information from streamers365.com.
Hook: Daiichi Alec Jackson 2051
Thread: Red 8/0
Tag: Gold flat tinsel
Tail: Red goose quill slips
Butt: White chenille
Body: green wool dubbing
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Throat: Red hackle fibers
Wing: Peacock herl
Shoulder: Teal flank 1/3 wing length
Notes: Well, it may not exactly be a hair wing technically, but it does exude the spirit of one. The streamer originated in Chile and was widely used as fodder for South American quarry. The pattern made it’s way north via a fly dresser in New York named Elizabeth Greig. Mrs. Greig tied the pattern for South American customers and tested the usefulness of the fly in her home state waters. It was proven to be a successful pattern for trout in New York State.