Pritts Flies

North Country Flies, 1886 Pritt

Hook Sizes for these patterns are the Pennell or “new” scale. We of Course use the Redditch or “old” scale today. The new scale never caught on!

Redditch or Old Scale Pennell or New scale
16 00
15 0
14 1
13 2

1. WATER CRICKET. Hook No. 1.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from the Golden Plover’s breast, in its summer plumage, or the wing or back of a Starling.

BODY.- Yellow or orange silk. It is sometimes ribbed with black silk.

2. LITTLE BLACK. Hook 0, short.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from a Black Cock’s hackle, or Starling’s neck.

BODY.- Purple silk, dubbed sparingly with Magpie herl.

HEAD.- Purple.

For the latter part of the season the following is often used:

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from the outside of a Green Plover’s wing, or a Swift’s back.

BODY.- Black silk, sparely dubbed with black Ostrich herl.

3. WINTER BROWN. Hook 2.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from the inside of a Woodcock’s wing.

BODY.- Orange silk – not too bright.

HEAD.- Peacock herl.

4. LITTLE WINTER BROWN; OR, LIGHT WOODCOCK. Hook 1.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from the outside of a Woodcock’s wing.

BODY.- Orange silk, with a spare dubbing of Hare’s ear.

5. BROWN OWL. Hook 1.

WINGS.- Hackled with a reddish feather from the outside of a Brown Owl’s wing.

BODY.- Orange silk.

HEAD.- Peacock herl.

6. FIELDFARE BLOA. Hook 1.

WINGS.- From the bloa feather on a Fieldfare’s rump, or failing that from the Tern, Bluetail or Jay.

BODY.- Yellow silk.

LEGS.- From a feather of the Golden Plover.

7. DARK MOOR-GAME, OR ORANGE GROUSE, OR FRECKLED DUN. Hook 0.

WINGS.- Hackled with a black and orange feather from the Red Grouse, the hen bird for preference.

BODY.- Orange silk.

HEAD.- Either orange silk, or Peacock herl.

8. WATER-HEN BLOA. Hook 1.

WINGS.- Hackled feather from the inside of a Water-hen’s wing.

BODY.- Yellow silk, dubbed with the fur of the Water-rat.

9. DARK BLOA. Hook 1.

WINGS.- From the Starling’s quill.

BODY.- Dark claret silk.

LEGS.- From the black feather of a black hen’s neck.

10. DARK SNIPE. Hook 1.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from the outside of the Snipe’s wing.

BODY.- Purple silk.

11. MARCH BROWN (Great Brown, Brown Drake, Dun Drake). Hook 3.

WINGS.- From the tail of a Partridge.

BODY.- Pale orange silk, dubbed with a little Hare’s ear and yellow mohair, mixed; ribbed over with a little yellow silk.

TAIL.- Forked with two strands from a Partridge’s tail.

LEGS.- From the back of a Partridge.

12MARCH BROWN Hook 2.

WINGS.- From the quill feather of a hen pheasant.

BODY, TAIL, and LEGS as in No. 11.

13. MARCH BROWN Hook 2.

WINGS.- Hackled with a reddish feather from the outside of a Woodcock’s wing.

BODY.- Orange silk, dubbed with over with a little fur from a Fox’s ear.

14. MARCH BROWN Hook 2.

WINGS.- From the tail of a Partridge..

BODY.- Orange and yellow silk twisted, dubbed with fur from a Fox’s ear.

LEGS.- From a Wren’s tail.

15. MARCH BROWN

WINGS.- From the hen Pheasant’s wing.

BODY and LEGS.- Same as No. 14.

16. RED CLOCK OR PHEASANT. Hook 1.

WINGS.- Hackled with a golden feather from a Cock Pheasant’s neck; or from a small red cock’s feather.

BODY.- Yellow silk, with a twist of Peacock herl next to the hackle.

HEAD.- Peacock herl.

17. RED PALMER. Hook 1.

BODY.- Green herl from a Peacock, with a red cock’s hackle wrapped over it.

18. LITTLE DARK WATCHET (Iron Blue Dun). Hook 0, short.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from a Jackdaw’s neck, or outside a Coot’s wing.

BODY.- Orange and purple silk twisted, dubbed with down from a Water-rat.

HEAD.- Orange.

19.Iron Blue Dun Variant Hook 0, short.

WINGS.- From a Water-hen.

BODY.- As in No. 18.

HEAD.- Ditto.

LEGS.- From a Coot.

20.Iron Blue Dun Variant Hook 0.

WINGS.- From the breast of a Water-hen.

BODY.- Orange silk dubbed with Mole’s fur.

HEAD.- Orange.

LEGS.- A dirty whitish brown from a Hen’s neck, or hairs from a Calf’s tail, dyed yellow.

21. Iron Blue Dun Variant Hook 0.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from Water-hen’s breast; or, if you can get it, from a feather from a Bluecap for preference.

BODY.- Orange silk dubbed with Mole’s fur.

HEAD.- Orange.

22. DARK SPANISH NEEDLE (Needle Brown). Hook 0.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from the darkest part of a Brown Owl’s wing.

BODY.- Orange silk.

HEAD.- Peacock herl.

23. LIGHT SPANISH NEEDLE. Hook 0.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from inside a Jack-Snipe’s wing, or from the breast of a young Starling.

BODY.- Crimson silk.

HEAD.- Peacock herl.

24. LIGHT WATCHET Hook 0

WINGS.- From the Jay.

BODY.- Straw-coloured silk

LEGS.- Fibres from a Yellow Plover.

25. OLIVE BLOA. Hook 1.

WINGS.- From a Starling’s quill.

BODY.- Greenish yellow silk.

LEGS.- Light hackle from a Hen’s neck, stained to olive in onions.

26. OLIVE BLOA. Hook 0.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from a Lapwing’s back or rump.

BODY.- Yellow silk.

HEAD.- Orange silk.

27. YELLOW-LEGGED BLOA (Yellow Dun.) Hook 1.

WINGS.- From a young Starling’s quill feather.

BODY.- Yellow silk, waxed well, so as to make it nearly olive.

LEGS.- Ginger hackle from a Cochin-China Hen’s neck.

TAIL.- Two strands of the above.

28. YELLOW PARTRIDGE (Grey Gnat). Hook 1.

WINGS.- Hackle with a light feather from the back of a Partridge.

BODY.- Yellow silk.

29. SNIPE BLOA. Hook 1.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from the inside of a Jack Snipe’s wing.

BODY.- Straw-coloured silk.

30. SNIPE BLOA. Hook 0.

WINGS.- Hackled with feather from under Snipe’s wing.

BODY.- Yellow silk, with a spare dubbing of Mole’s fur, but not sufficient to hide the yellow body.

31. BROWN WATCHET (Little Brown Dun.) Hook 1.

WINGS.- Hackled with a well dappled feather from a Partridge’s back.

BODY.- Orange silk.

HEAD.- Peacock herl.

32. ORANGE PARTRIDGE. Hook 1.

WINGS.- Hackled as in No. 31.

BODY.- Orange silk.

33. GREENTAIL (Grannon Fly). Hook1.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from the inside of a Woodcock’s wing, or from a Partridge’s neck, or from under a Hen Pheasant’s wing.

BODY.- Lead coloured silk, twisted with a little fur from a Hare’s face.

TAIL.- Green silk, wrapped over lower part of body.

34. SANDFLY. Hook 1.

WINGS.- From a sandy feather from a Landrail’s wing.

BODY.- Light brown silk, ribbed with sandy fur from a Hare.

LEGS.- Dark ginger hackle.

35. DOTTEREL. Hook 1.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from the outside of a male Dotterel’s wing.

BODY.- Straw-coloured silk; some anglers prefer Orange silk.

HEAD.- Straw-coloured or orange silk.

36. YELLOW SALLY. Hook 0.

WINGS.- From a Green Linnet’s tail.

BODY.- Yellow silk.

LEGS.- White feather from a Hen’s neck, dyed yellow in onions.

37. POULT BLOA, or LIGHT POULT BLOA. Hook 0.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from under the wing of a young Grouse.

BODY.- Light yellow silk

38. POULT BLOA, or LIGHT POULT BLOA {fancy dressing}Hook 0.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from under the wing of a young Grouse.

BODY.- Straw-coloured silk, with a twist of purple silk round it.

HEAD.- Peacock herl

39. OLD MASTER. Hook 1.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from the inside of a Woodcock’s wing.

BODY.- Ash-coloured silk, wrapped over with Heron’s herl.

40. STONE MIDGE. Hook 0.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from a Pewit’s neck, breast, or rump.

BODY.- Ash-coloured silk, dubbed sparsely with Heron’s herl.

HEAD.- Magpie herl.

41. GREY MIDGE. Hook 0.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from a Woodcock’s breast.

BODY.- Yellow silk.

HEAD.- Peacock herl.

42. KNOTTED MIDGE. Hook 0.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from the back of a Swift or Martin, or from the shoulders of a Pewit’s wing.

BODY.- Ash-coloured silk, dubbed with Heron’s herl, rather more fully than in No. 40.

HEAD.- Magpie herl.

43. SANDY MOORGAME. Hook 0.

WINGS.- Hackled with a dark reddish-brown feather from the back of a Grouse.

BODY.- Dark brown silk.

HEAD.- Ditto.

44. BLUE PARTRIDGE. Hook 1.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from a Partridge’s back.

BODY.- Blue silk dubbed with a little lead-coloured lamb’s wool.

45. RED OWL (Brown Owl.) Hook 1.

WINGS.- Hackled with a red feather from a Brown Owl’s wing; shorter in the fibre than that used for No. 5.

BODY.- Orange silk.

HEAD.- Peacock herl.

46. STONE BLOA. Hook 0.

WINGS.- From a feather from under a Jack Snipe’s wing.

BODY.- Yellow silk.

HEAD.- Fibres from a Jack Snipe’s feather.

47. SMALL STONE BLOA. Hook 0.

WINGS.- From a feather from Bluecap’s tail.

BODY.- Orange silk.

LEGS.- Pale yellow fibres.

48. GREENSLEAVES. Hook 1.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from the inside of a Woodcock’s wing, or from a hen Pheasant’s neck.

BODY.- Bright green silk.

HEAD.- Ditto.

49. THORNFLY DUN. Hook 1.

WINGS.- Hackled with a Landrail’s feather, taken from under the wing.

BODY.- Orange silk.

HEAD.- Peacock herl.

50. CURLEW. Hook 0.

WINGS.- Hackled with a small feather from the outside of a young Curlew’s wing (August at latest).

BODY.- Orange silk for preference, but maroon or yellow will sometimes kill equally well.

51. STARLING BLOA. Hook 0.

WINGS.- Hackled with the lightest feather from a young Starling’s wing.

BODY.- Straw-coloured silk. Some anglers prefer white silk.

52. SMALL ANT. Hook 0.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from a Tomtit’s tail.

BODY AND HEAD.- A bright brownish Peacock’s herl; body dressed full.

53. FOG BLACK. Hook 0.

WINGS.- From a Bullfinch’s wing.

BODY.- Dark purple silk, dubbed with Heron’s herl; or, more sparingly, with black Ostrich herl.

LEGS.- From the Starling’s neck.

54. CUBDOWN BLOA. Hook 1.

WINGS.- From the inside of a Swift’s wing, or from a Lapwing’s apron.

BODY.- Yellow silk, dubbed with down from a Fox cub, or fur from a Water-rat.

LEGS.- From a Plover’s feather.

55. CINNAMON. Hook 1.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from a Brown Owl’s wing.

BODY.- Yellow silk, dubbed with fur from a Water-rat.

HEAD.- Peacock herl.

56. SMOKE FLY. Hook 1.

WINGS.- Hackled with a feather from a young Grouse.

BODY.- Bright brown Peacock’s herl. It is sometimes dressed with a twist of silver round the body.

57. GREY PARTRIDGE. (Grey Watchet.) Hook 1.

WINGS.- Hackled with a light feather from a Partridge’s breast.

BODY.- Straw-coloured silk.

HEAD.- Peacock herl.

58. LARGE ANT. Hook 0.

WINGS.- From a Starling’s quill.

BODY.- Orange silk wrapped over the lower part, with three turns of a copper-coloured Peacock’s herl.

HEAD.- Peacock’s herl.

LEGS.- Fibres from the light part of a Starling’s quill feather.

59. SEA SWALLOW. Hook 0.

WINGS.- From a very light feather from the outside of a Sea Swallow’s wing.

BODY.- White silk.

LEGS.- Fibres from the wing feathers.

60. JULY DUN. Hook 1.

WINGS.- From a Starling’s quill.

BODY.- Yellow silk dubbed with a little Mole’s fur.

LEGS.- Fibre from a bluish dun Hen’s neck.

61. BLACK GNAT. Hook 0, short.

WINGS.- None.

BODY.- A little ostrich herl.

62. BLACK SNIPE. Hook 0.

WINGS.- Hackled with a Jack Snipe’s feather from under the wing.

BODY.- Dark green peacock herl.

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