Tying Video – The Barrington

The Barrington is another classic wet fly that has been around for many years.  It is a simple pattern that can be fished in different ways to resemble multiple things fish might eat.  I chose the Barrington because I wanted to demonstrate a technique for applying peacock herl onto larger hooks that can help get a “fuller” body.  I first ran across the Barrington in the book Forgotten Flies by Paul Schmookler and Ingrid V. Sils.  The first section is on Ray Bergman and the many wet flies that are in his book Trout.  Needless to say, the Barrington is in Ray Bergman’s book Trout.  It is on Plate #1 and the recipe is on page 424. I found it to be an interesting fly as well as I think it will do well on the warmwater species in my area.  Both of the above mentioned books are excellent resources if you enjoy tying and learning about wet flies.

The technique mentioned in this video about applying the peacock herl in layers is an old technique but since many of the modern flies tied today use peacock herl in smaller sized flies (usually size 12 through 22) such as dry flies and nymphs many people have not seen this little trick with peacock herl.  I did demonstrate it once before when I did  video on the Hardy’s Favorite, another wet fly that is tied in size six or four require a fuller body.  In this video I am using herls taken directly from a peacock tail feather.  In previous videos I have often used herl that has been “strung” together.  This prompted me to do a video on working with peacock herl from the feather or from a strung package and what the differences are.  That video will be out later this week.  Suffice to say there are ways of selecting fuller and longer peacock herl when needed.

As I was making the video I also realized that the Barrington does not have a tail and therefore the tip and rib of the fly can be applied as one.  Usually, if there is a tail you have to apply the tip, cut it away from the hook, tie in the tail and then re-apply the tinsel for the rib.  With no tail on this fly there are a couple of ways you can simply tie in the tinsel and apply the tip and rib without having to cut it away.  I demonstrate one way in this video and another way in the video for the White Miller (which will be out the following Monday).  In the big scheme of things it is not that big of a deal to simply apply the tip and then the rib but sometimes when you are tying a few dozen of a pattern having anyway to speed it up can help.  I think the Barrington in size two through six would do well for Bass and larger panfish and sizes eight through 12 would work well for trout and panfish.  – Enjoy


Thread:Danville 6/0, Black
Tip:Danville Silver/Gold Mylar Tinsel, #16/18
Rib:Danville Silver/Gold Mylar Tinsel, #16/18
Body:Peacock Herl
Hackle:Hen Neck, Brown
Wing:Gray Mallard Flank
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