Brahma Pea

Brahma Pea
Hook: Kamasan B830 #10
Tail: Brahma hen chickabou, dyed black
Body: 4/5 Brahma hen hackles, dyed black
Head hackle: Grizzly hen, dyed chartreuse
Thread: Danville 6/0 black
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Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire, UK

Tim Flager’s Brahma hen reinterpretation of the classic US fly pattern the “Woolly Bugger” adapted for UK stillwaters. The original Pitsford Pea used a black chenille body and a lime green chenille collar, part Dog Nobbler, part Tadpole in its origins and has been around for over thirty years. Its origins are a little unknown, as the late Pitsford fly fisher, Bev Perkins [1], wrote in an article in Fly Fishing and Fly Tying “no-one really wanted to hold their hand up and say: ‘I devised the Pitsford Pea!'”. It has subsequently given rise to a whole series of “Peas” often named after the English midlands waters they were devised for, or at times even particular stretches of some waters. My favourite is the Ravensthorpe Pea, named after the beautiful Victorian reservoir just north of Northampton that I’ve fished many times. This adaptation uses the colour combination of the original “Pea”, hence the name. The Brahma hen should give it lots of motion, so will be interesting to give it an outing early season. Head hackle on this one is a single grizzly hen hackle, but could easily pop on a second to make the head a bit more pronounced. Equally easy to hide as much lead as one would like under all that Brahma.

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  1. Bev Perkins Peas Please! Fly Fishing and Fly Tying flyfishing-and-flytying.co.uk/articles/view/peas_please/ (accessed February 8th 2019)

Brahma Bugger

Brahma Bugger
Hook: Kamasan B830 #10
Tail: Brahma hen Chickabou
Body: Brahma hen hackles, natural
Thread: Danville 6/0

IG190206-222718A fly designed by US fly fisher Tim Flager, as a cold water trout fly to imitate sculpin and other small fish. The original Woolly Bugger is believed to have been created by Pennsylvania fly tyer Russell Blessing as early as 1967 to resemble a hellgrammite nymph, its precise origin is unknown, but is clearly an evolution of the Wooly Worm fly, which itself is a variation—intentional or not—of the original palmer fly, which dates back to Walton and beyond!

Ace of Hearts

Ace of Hearts
Hook: Hayabusa 761
Rib: Oval silver tinsel
Body: Red tying thread
Wing: Black marabou
Overwing: Bronze Mallard
Throat: Guinea Fowl
Cheeks: Jungle cock splits
Thread: Danvilles 6/0

A pattern I came across on Caithness Quality Flies’ website. A “McConn’s Ace of Spades” variant. However, other than that, I can’t find much about the origin of these “Cormorant-like” Ace of Spades or “Ace of Spades-like” Cormorants other than occasional references to them, mainly in Scotland. They’re certainly different to Dave Collyer’s original.