"The Sweet William"
This fly is a superb performer on the river Nidd. It should be cast as all dry flies should be, up and across, at some angle to the river flow. This ensures that the first thing the fish sees is the fly and not the leader!
first tied it in 1979, as a development of the John Storey, that famous
North Yorkshire Fly. I named it "Sweet" to represent the honey hackle,
and "William", after my late father, John William Greenwood, who would have
loved to have fished it. It soon out-fished the John Storey, although on
the occasional day, the John Storey may still overrule.
For those interested in tying it, this is my method:-
Hook: Size 14, Mustad 94840 (or equivalent lightweight D.E.) Size 12 for the "Mayfly" version.
Thread: Bright red or orange.
Tail: A golden pheasant crest feather above about 3/16” long of red floss (2-3 Strands).
Body: 1 or 2 strands of peacock herl (depending on its quality). On the Mayfly version I leave a loop of thread at the tail and twist it together with the herl, before winding it on after fitting the wing. this makes a more durable, but not so nice looking fly!
Wing: The tip of a mallard breast feather, stripped of its side feathers, spread out and tied in the form of a forward facing fan, before winding on the peacock herl body, from the tail end, over the wing feather’s tied down stem.
Hackle: Honey through to red game cock (I tie some of each for the mood of the day) with plenty of turns. On the mayfly version I put 2 or 3 different coloured hackles, including a badger or grizzle, with a honey and/or dark game. On all flies I now put 2 turns of the lightest colour Hackle in front of the wing.
Presented for Nidderdale Angling Club Centenary 1998.
"Tight lines" Norman Greenwood committee member.
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