He probably had no idea, but the first angler who took a feather from the game he’d shot and attached it to a hook with some thread borrowed from his wife’s sewing kit was creating a classic. Today, there’s something poetic about catching a trout on a pattern that is hundreds of years old. From Olde England’s North Country to New England, nothing is lost in translation. I like the Partridge and Orange as a caddis imitation. It also makes a fine spinner.
Partridge and Orange
Hook: Dry or wet fly, 12-16
Body: Orange silk
Hackle: Grey speckled partridge
Tying Notes: If you’re new to soft hackles and North Country Spiders, this a great place to start. By varying the color of the thread and the size of the hook (and even the color of the partridge — the back is covered with brown speckled feathers) you can match just about any hatch. You can find a general North Country spider video tutorial here.
In his book on the history of trout flies John Waller Hills wrote that the February Red is the Treatyse’s Dun Fly the same as today’s Partridge and Orange. A picture of a dun horse gives a clue.
Thank you, William.
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