The Irish Grouse is another pattern that is in Ray Bergman’s book Trout. The recipe is on page 434 and the painting of the fly is on plate #4. I have not fished the Irish Grouse and I chose to tie it because of it’s simplicity and elegance. Out of all the various types of flies I have tied over the years I think the wet flies are my favorites. The Irish Grouse is unique among some of the classic wet flies as it has no tail, tag and the hackle is palmered on the fly instead of as a collar or a throat. There are number of Spay and Dee flies , as well as classic Atlantic Salmon flies, that have a body hackle palmered in as the Irish Grouse but not many wet flies (at least that I have seen). If you are new to tying wet flies the Irish Grouse is a great fly to start with. First, most beginners start with a Woolly Bugger so you would already know how to palmer a hackle on. Second, the floss body and rib are typical of many wet fly patterns and not hard to master. Third, the wing is uncomplicated and there is nothing to match or marry to create it. Speaking of the wing, I tied this particular Irish Grouse as a fishing fly. That is to say I did not put in the detail that I would if I were gifting this or otherwise tying it for display. The wing in this fly is not of fine selected herls and it is not stacked, again for fishing I do not think it is as important. Keeping in mind, I mentioned I have not fished this fly. After I do, and catch nothing, I might be rethinking the wing. But for the moment, there is another great video on tying the Irish Grouse by Fred Klein of Grizzly King Fly. He does select herls from the peacock feather and stacks them. It does produce a very nice wing. I have long thought of doing a series of videos were I demonstrate the difference between tying for show and to throw. This would be a good example. All in all, the Irish Grouse is a fun and interesting fly to tie. I think it will make a good searching pattern as it can mimic various food sources depending on how and where it is fished in the water. – Enjoy.
|Danville 6/0, Black & White
|Danville Silver/Gold Mylar Tinsel, #16/18
|Danville 4-Strand Rayon Floss, Orange
|Hen Saddle, Furnace, Palmered
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