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Parson 


Name Parson
Category Classic Atlantic Salmon
Hook Gaelic Supreme, Harrison Bartleet, blind eye 4/0
Tip Extra-fine oval, silver tinsel
Tag Light orange floss
Tail Golden pheasant crest with kingfisher sub as veiling
Butt Black ostrich herl
Rib Medium oval, gold tinsel
Body Claret floss (wine floss substituted)
Throat Blue hackle
Wings Golden Pheasant tippet strands as underwing; married strips of mottled turkey tail, yellow, red and blue dyed turkey tail, peacock wing primary, speckled bustard and golden pheasant tail
Shoulder Jungle cock eyes
Roofing Bronze mallard strips
Wing veil Married strips of barred woodduck and teal covered with guinea fowl strip
Cheeks Kingfisher substitute
Crest Golden pheasant crest
Horns Blue and gold macaw
Head Black

Parson was tied by Contributing Fly Tyer John Wood. Take a look at his contributor page, The Flies of John Wood, to see many more of his flies.

John's Notes: As with many full dress salmon flies the patterns vary according to different tyers and authors. In some cases the variance is due to substitutions for rare or endangered materials, in other cases the lack of type of communication we enjoy today. The Parson is one example of a “classic” that has evolved to such a degree that it resembles the original, designed by Pat McKay, in name only. This pattern as described by Ron Alcott, Building Classic Salmon Flies © 2004.

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