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Big Orange Partridge Hackle

The Lunn’s Big Orange Partridge Hackle invented in 1923. Partridge Hackles were an old north country fly first mentioned in 1496 in the earliest list of flies in English. Lunn’s version kills floating, or awash, or sunk and John Waller Hills considered it the best under-water fly at Stockbridge, better than any other sunk fly or nymph. He remarked that it was:

invaluable in all weathers but especially potent when you have risen but not pricked a fish on some imitation of the olive.

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The pattern is as follows:

Hackle, feather from the back of a partridge cut or pinched off so that the fibres are a little longer than the hook.
Tail, pale buff.
Body, two strands of Salome brilliant artificial silk, shade 403, ribbed with plain round gold wire.
Tying silk, Pearsall’s gossamer, shade 13.
Hook, 1 (size 14).


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