Blacker 1842 E

The Blacker Flies : From his book " Art of Angling" 1842.
No.1 : Spirit fly :
The wings are made of six toppings, with a broad strip of wood duck on each side, a red Hymalaya crest feather at top, a cock of the rock feather, blue kingfisher feather at each side, a black head, and feelers of macaw.
The body is made of joints of black, orange floss, and a tip of gold tinsel at the tail, tail two small toppings, a tag of puce silk and ostrich,
(it must be tied with very fine silk that the body may not be lumpy, but to show gradually taper from the tail to the head, and the hackle to be stripped at one side to roll even), and at each joint a scarlet hackle, with a tip of gold tinsel under each joint, to make it lively looking. There is a purple hackle, or very dark blue, struck round the shoulder.


No. 2 :
The wings are composed of golden pheasant tail feather, mixed with the following: strips of bustard, scarlet macaw, wood duck, mallard, yellow macaw body feather, silver pheasant, and a topping over all, extending a little longer than the other feathers; blue and yellow macaw feelers. The wing, as above, should be laid out on a piece of paper, ready to tie on after the body and legs are formed, the jay rolled over the head in this fly, and the head tied on last, of black ostrich. The tail is a topping, mixed with a strip of wood-duck feather, tipped with silver twist, a tag of gold-colour floss, and black osctrich; the body pace floss to the centre, and the remainder oranger pig hair or mohair, ribbed with broad silver tinsel, and a guinea-hen rump feather rolled over the orange beneath the jay heackle. This is about as fine a specimen of a Salmon fly as ever was thrown into the water, and will kill Salmon and Grilse, made small, in every Salmon river in Great Britain.


No. 3 :
This is another of the Spirit Flies that kill so well in the rivers of Ireland and Scotland, at high water, particularly the Spoy and Tweed. The wings are made of the following mixtures of feathers, each side of the wings to be alike: Brown mallard, bustard and wood-duck; a topping, scarlet macaw, teal, golden pheasant neck feather, a strip of yellow macaw, and feelers of blue and yellow tail; a head of black ostrich; the tail to be a topping, mixed with green and red parrot tail; the body is composed of joints, first a tip of silver, a tag og morone floss, a tag of black, a joint of brown, green and brown-red hackle, puce and red, green and yellow, blue and oranger, with a tip of gold tinsel at each joint, a vary small red hackle, and two red toucan feathers round the shoulder, and blue kingfisher's feather on each side of
the wings.

No.4 :

A celebrated Claret fly, of very killing qualities both in Scotland and Ireland, and in the Thames as a trout fly. The wings are composed of two wood-duck feathers wanting the white tips, and two strips of the same kind of feather with white tips; the head is made of peacock harl; the tail is two or three strips of hen pheasant tail, with a short tuft of red orange macaw body feather or parrot, tipped with silver, and gold ribbing over the body, which is formedd of claret pig hair, over which roll two richly dyed claret hackles, struck in fine proportion from the tail up.


No.5 :
A brown fly, a general favorite among the "old ones," on every salmon river in Ireland and Scotland, particularly thelatter, and in rivers a good way up from the sea, on a dark day, with a good breeze blowing up the stream.
The folling fly, No. 6, may be used in a similar manner. The wings are made of the golden pheasant tail that has the long clouded bar in the feather, rather full, and two rather broad strips of light brown white-tipped turkey tail feather at each side; a good size peacock harl head, and feelers of scarlet macaw feather; tipped at the tail with gold tinsel - the tail a small bright topping, and a tag of gold-colour floss silk; the body is made of cinnamon, or yellow-brown pig hair or mohair, ribbed with double silver twist; over the body roll a real brown red cock's hackle, and round the throttle roll on a bright red-brown mottled feather of the hen Argus pheasant's neck of back.


No.6 :

A Silver Grey Fly, a great favorite on the lakes of Killarney for Salmon and Grilse, and at Waterville, in the County of Kerry, for Sea and White Trout,' made small on a No. 10 hook, about the size of a No. 6 Trout hook of English make. The wings are made of golden pheasant tail feather, mixed with mallard, red macaw, blue and yellow body feathers of the macaw, guined hen, and golden pheasant neck feathers, with feelers of blue and yellow macaw, a black head; tipped at the tail with silver and orange floss tag, the tail a topping mixed with red and blue macaw feather, (those blues that are found under the wings of that bird which are of a very light hue) and guinea hen; the body is made of the silver dun monkey of it can de got, light dun fox or squirrel fur, or dyed blue dun mohair mixed with yellow, - all these are good for a body, robbed with broad silver tinsel, and a hackle of a real dun cock that has a yellowish motley shade throughout it, rolled up to the head, and round the shoulder a bright orange dyed hackle, underneath which tie in a little orange mohair. It may be varied with a claret hackle at the head, or a fiery brown one.


No. 7 :

A large dun palmer with a double hook, which, will be observed, is of a tortuous shape in th body, as it appears in the plate. The shape may be obtained by tying the hooks back to back, the top one to be tied about quater way down the shank of the end one, and the gut tied tightly on each, (twisted gut of course when you form the loop). The leggs are composed of about 6 hackles of a real blue dun old cock-saddle feather, having a motley yellowish hue, and peacock herl head, rather full; the body is made of orange pig hair and yellow mohair mixed, the former drawn out amongst the fibres of the hackles, which must be struck on two at a time, commencing at the tail, till its all build up to the head, where there may be three hackles to make it fuller,- it would be as well to have a small swivel at the head, that it might spin gently round when moved in the water. I'd may be varied with gold, cock's hackles, and red body.


No.8 :
The wings, which are finely mixed of rich feathers are made of the following sorts: - orange, yellow, and blue macaw body feathers, three strips of each; teal, bustard, and golden pheasant neck feathers broken in strips; silver pheasant tail, light brown golden pheasant tail feather, and a topping over all a little longer; a peacock herl head, and blue and yellow feelers. The body is formed in three joints, a tip of gold twist at the tail, a tag of peacock herl, and a bright small topping for tail; first, a joint of yellow floss, a joint of peacock, and two feathers of the red tipped feather of the crest of the cock of the rock tied short above the harl and ribbed with gold; the next is a blue floss joint ribbed with gold, a peacock harl rolled on close, and two feathers of the crest of the cock of the rock tied close above it; and the third is an orange floss silk joint, a peacock harl tag, and ribbed with gold, two of the red tipped feathers tied on close as above, and a blue jay round the shoulder.


No.9 :

The wings are made of two jungle cock feathers, and two shorter feathers of the golden pheasant neck, the white ends of the jungle cock to show well beyond the golden pheasant neck, two broad strips of wood duck, one at each side, and a topping or two extending longer than the other feathers for feelers, a black ostrich head; a tip of gold at the tail, a tag of yellow-green silk, a tag of black ostrich, and a bright topping for tail, above the ostrich a blue tag, and the body made of claret dyed hackle struck over the body, with a blue jay feather at the shoulder.


No.10 :

The wings are made of two golden pheasant neck feathers, with a broad strip of peacock wing feather on each side, and a strip of scarlet macaw tail feather, the latter to be a little longer than the other feathers, a black ostrich head with a full brilliant blue jay feather round the shoulder. The body is made thus: - a tip of silver twist, a yellow floss silk tag, two small toppings for tail, the body is of golden yellow pig hair or mohair, ribbed with silver twist, with two golden yellow dyed hackles with a black streak up the centre, rolled from the tail to the head.


No.11 :
Is made of a few fibres of each of the following feathers: black and white small spotted bustard rump feather, teal,
wood-duck, silver hen pheasant tail, and the silver cock pheasant tail black and white spotted feathers, the neck feathers
of the golden pheasant, and the red spear feather of the same bird, and at each side two small feathers of the black and
white jungle cock, a black head, and a topping. The body is made of half yellow and half purple pig hair or mohair, the
latter colour next the head, over which roll close up two black heron feathers off the crest; a tip of gold, and a small
topping for tail, and over the yellow or purple body roll double gold twist.
No.12 :

The wings of No. 12 are made of the small spotted brown Argus tail feather, golden pheasant tail, and the black and white peacock wing feather; scarlet and blue macaw, and in the centre an orange macaw feather whole, those that are tipped with blue and green - they are found on the shoulders of the red macaw and down the back; a tuft of broken neck feather of the golden pheasant at the head, and feelers of blue and yellow macaw; a black head; a tip of gpld at the tail, a tag of blue, another of orange floss and black ostrich, a good sized topping in the tail, and at its root a tuft of red spear feather of the golden pheasant rump; there is about half an inch body at the tailend, made of yellow mohair, and yellow hackle over it, ribbed with gold, the remainder of the body is made of puce floss silk, with a dark wine-purple hackle struck over it. ribbed with silver twist and flat gold, and a yellow body feather of the macaw rolled round the shoulder.