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North Country Spiders part III by Tony Downing

  1. Snipe and Purple
  2. Golden Hackle
  3. Plover Dun
  4. Dotterel Dun

One of the most prolific fish catchers I have ever tied is the :-

Snipe & Purple.

Snipe and Purple

Hook, Hyabusa 752, #12 – 18

Thread, Pearsalls Purple, Naples.

Hackle, A dark mottled feather from the marginal coverts of a Snipe Wing.

Body, Tying Silk.

Other body colours, Yellow, Orange, Green.

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Golden Hackle

Golden Hackle

Hook, Hyabusa 761, #12 – 16

Thread, Yellow Pearsalls, Naples.

Hackle, A feather from the marginal coverts of a Golden Plover, choose a feather with the largest blotches.

Body, Tying silk with an extremely light dubbing of fur.

The original dressing asks for “fur from the ear of a Spaniel”. The Spaniel I tried ate the comb, and bit the brush, so I used Dark Grey Mole.

Make sure you can see the thread through the dubbing.

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Plover Dun.

Plover Dun

Hook, Hyabusa 761, #12 – 16

Thread, Copper Coloured Silk, or well waxed Orange.

Hackle, A yellow freckled feather from the marginal coverts of a Golden Plover.

Body, Tying Silk very lightly dubbed with Blue water rat fur. Blue Rabbit or Mole will also do. The secret here is just to tinge the Silk with fur.

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Dotterel Dun variant.

Dotterel Dun

Hook, Hyabusa 752, #14 – 18.

Thread, Pale Yellow Naples Silk.

Hackle, A pale yellow mottled feather from the marginal coverts of a Golden Plover.

Body, Tying Silk, ribbed with a single strand of Magpie Tail Fibre.

As the Dotterel is now a protected bird, Golden Plover has been substituted, hence VARIANT.

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