Friday, February 28, 2014

Kite's Immortal Imperial

It is a frequent feature of common hacks to start by quoting something like "already the ancient Romans well understood ..." followed by whatever nonsense they feel compelled to propagate.

Now in fly fishing, as usual, a different apprach is required. First of all, an ancient Roman actually did describe the origins of our sport - as all who read Claudius Ælianuses opus magnus Περὶ Ζῴων Ἰδιότητος in the original Greek well know. The second reason is that the ancient Romans well understood the importance of the colour Purple well before the time of colonel Oliver Kite.

The tie:
#16 Dohiku dry fly hook
14/0 Sheer thread, grey
Coq de León tails
Heron herl body
CDC wing
Danville's 6/0 purple thread head


  1. Hi, the cdc wing has been performed using the method
    self split hackle?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Elvio,

      the wing is 1 CDC feather tied F fly style, and the "hackle" is 2 CDC feathers spun in dubbing loop with stem removed Marc Petijean style; wound one turn behind the wing and two in front, then cut at the bottom.