General Dee Fly E
General dee Fly : Henry wade - Halycon, 1861. Thanks to Colin Innes.
Wings, mottled turkeys feather, either brown or white;body dark mohair, heron hackle, silver tinsel; shoulders,
a twitch of yellow or orange mohair; tail tuft yellow. Wade also mentions Wingless hooks, like palmers, on a
large scale, are sometimes used on the Dee and Don by salmon fishers. Francis Francis A book on Angling
A claret body and hackle, with mixed wing of long brown turkey, argus, and bustard feathers, with a gold pheasant
sword feather in the midst, does well also, as does the back body and silver tinsel, with gallina shoulder and
mixed wing. Gled Wing or Red Wing
General dee Fly : Francis Francis. Thanks to Colin Innes. (Mr. Brown).
Tag : Silver tinsel.
Tail : Golden pheasant saddle.
Body: One third orange yellow, and two thirds claret, or a light purple claret mohair, dressed very sparely.
Ribbed: Broadish silver tinsel laid on rather thinly and in long spirals.
Hackle: Black herons hackle of the largest size, or two if one will not go far enough, dressed down to the yellow mohair.
They must be of the longest fibre, the longer the better; teal hackle on the shoulder, without which no Dee fly is
thought to be complete.
Wings: Two good strips of swallow tailed gled of the larges fibre, or of red dun turkey of the like colour. Of course,
these feathers must be of thin substance and fine in the fibre, to give them play, and they are to be set
apart -a rather nice operation to do neatly, the strips requiring to be carefully prepared first by tying in at the
extreme but; no head, as it is though to create ripple, while the sharp head of the regular Dee fly cuts the
water with a smooth even gliding motion, opening and shutting its large fibres with a most life like appearance.