Kinds of Trout Flies
In regard to the ways in which flies are made, their mechanical construction and form, there are several well-known kinds. These are: Hackles, palmers, reversed-wing flies, matched wing flies, "fluttering" flies, and floating dry flies. The hackles and palmers are of quite similar construction and equally efficient. No wings are used in making these flies and the fly consists entirely of the "hackle" and body save rarely when a tail is tied in. The brown hackle is frequently made with a tail of red wool. The distinction between the hackle and the palmer is, that in the case of the hackle fly the hackle is tied at the head of the fly only, while in the palmers it is tied the entire length of the body. The angler when buying flies by mail should remember that the hackles and palmers are made with differently colored bodies to the same color hackle. The brown palmer, for instance, is sometimes tied with a red body (in which case it is properly called the "soldier palmer ") and also is dressed with a body of peacock harl, a green body. Both the brown and gray hackles and palmers are very good all-season flies.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.
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