Atherton No.5

Atherton No.5

Today we discussed (amongst others) Atherton’s, The Fly and the Fish. A beautiful book. I spent the rest of the day thinking about Cree hackle and hare’s ear dubbing.

Atherton’s No.5, a wonderful UK March Brown (Rhithrogena germanica) imitation. This pattern is, without a doubt (and in John’s own words) ‘the most generally useful of the group’.

Tied on a Partridge of Redditch SUD, wood duck wings, Whiting Farms Hebert Miner rooster Cree hackle and tails, hare’s ear body (‘using the short speckled hairs on the ear and the pink tannish hair at the base of the ears. It should have a decided mixed “buggy” look’), and ribbed with narrow oval gold tinsel. All bound with Semperfli waxed thread.

Gareth Lewis Fly Fishing Fly Tying Partridge of Redditch Semperfli John Atherton Catskill No5
John Atherton’s No.5, ‘the most generally useful of the group’.

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