Having recently acquired an archive from the Henderson family, and working through the various items, Antique & Vintage Tackle will be covering examples of early Welsh Dee Salmon flies which originate from Ed O'Brien's fly book from 1859. Knowing that these patterns are at least 162 years, but in our view, probably dating these from 1820-1840, it gives a greater insight into the tying style, form and materials available.
Tied on blued irons and with single strands of gut for the eye.
And a light use of colour with a simply blend of Bustard and Peacock in the wind. I'm sure that this simple pattern would have been highly effective in the swollen Salmon rivers of Wales.