Northwest Fly Tyer

The fly tying pages of Monte Smith

The Black Dog – Francis Francis version

Posted by nwflytyer on November 12, 2009

Pattern as per A Book On Angling by Francis Francis, c. 1867:

Tail:  Tuft of olive yellow pig’s wool

Body:  Black mohair

Ribs:  Gold and silver tinsel with orange silk in between

Hackle:  Two or three black hackles

Throat:  Gallina

Wing:  Grey speckled turkey, two long slips

One of my interpretations…

Black Dog_FF Oct'09

I’ve run across supposed patterns attributed to Francis Francis in print and in online resources that differ greatly from this.  There is not another recipe listed for the Black Dog in A Book On Angling.  If anyone can document a different pattern from Francis Francis, I would sure love to hear from you!

We will next take a look at probably the most well-known Black Dog pattern – that of George M. Kelson.


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