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The Shorn Fly. Comes on about the same time as the Cannonfly, and continues on till the latter end of July. They are generally found in mowing grass ; it is of the caterpillar kind, has dusky wings of a dark brown color, with fine clear blue wings under them, which it makes use of in its flight: it is in greatest perfection in June : and for the time that it continues on the water, is a most excellent killer in rivers or brooks. There are three sorts of them; the one I have described : there is another with a dull red wing: and a third with a dark blue wing, all of which the fish take very well, but the preference must be given to the red sort: it is to be fished with any time of the day, from sun-rise to sun-set.' The wings are made of a red cock's hackle, with a black list up the middle; the body with a peacock's herl. The hook, No. 6, if for a river ; but if for a dead, heavy, running brook, the fly must be made larger, as on No. 4, or 5.
The Orl Fly. Comes on the latter end of May, and continues on till the latter end of June. It is a four-winged fly, generally flutters along the surface of the water, and is what fishes are remarkably fond of; you may fish for it successfully after the May-fly is gone, froin four o'clock in the morning, till about seven in the evening, at which time the sky-blue comes on, then change it for the sky-blue. The wings of the Orl-fly are made with a dark grizzle cock's hackle, and the body of peacock's herl, worked with dark red silk. The hook, No. 6. F 4
The Sky-coloured Blue. Comes on about the same time as the orl-fly, and continues on till the middle of July. It is a neat, curious, and beautiful fly; its wings are transparent, stand upright upon its back, and are of a fine blue color, its body is of a pale yellow, its tail forked, and the color of its wings; it is a fly the fishes take extremely well from seven o'clock in the evening till sun-set. The wings are made from the light blue feather of a hen; the body is made with pale yellow mnohair, mixed with light blue fur, and ribbed with a fine cock's hackle, dyed yellow. The hook, No. 8.
The Cadis-fly. Comes on about the tenth of June ; it is a large four-winged fly, of a buff color, and its body the same color of its wings: it continues on the water till about the middle of July; it is bred from the cod-bait, a curious little insect : while in the state of a grub it is greatly to be admired, the outside husk that it lives in, being curiously wrought with gravel or sand; this fly is taken best at the clearing of the water, though I think him a fly worth the least notice of any in the Catalogue, there being many sorts far preferable to it. The wings are made from a fcather taken from a buff-coloured hen; the body is made of buff-coloured mohair, and the legs of a pale yellow hackle. The hook, No. 6.
The Blue Gnat. Con on the water about the same time as the spinners (vide list the 1st. under June) and conti.
nues on about a fortnight: if the water is low and fine the fishes take them very well, and as long as they remain on the water. The wings of this gnat are made with a small pale blue cock's hackle, and the body with light blue fur, mixed with a little yellow mohair. The hook, No. 8 or 9.
The Large Red Ant-fty. Comes on about the middle of June, if hot and sultry weather, and continues on till about the 15th or 16th of July, appearing mostly in hot, close, gloomy days: it is to be fished with from about eleven o'clock in the forenoon, till about six in the evening, then make use of the evening flies described before. The ant-flies, when in perfection, are great killers, and all sorts of fishes that rise at flies, are very fond of them ; and you may take fish with them in dead heavy waters, as well as in streains. The wings of this fly are made from a feather out of a stare's wing, and the body of peacock's herl, made pretty large at the tail, and fine towards the wing, with a fine ginger-coloured cock's hackle wrapt twice or thrice under the but of the wings. The book, No. 8.
The Large Black Ant-fly. Comes on at the same time with the red, and is to be fished with at the same time, and after the
The wings of this fly are made with the lightest sky-blue feather you can get, and with the greatest gloss ; but it is difficult to find any that can come up to the glossiness of the natural wings, except the thistle, which makes them the best of any thing I know of, but is not lasting;
the body is made with a black ostrich's feather, and a black cock's hackle wrapt under the but of the wings: it is to be made in the same form as the red one.
The hook, No. 8.
The Welchman's Button, or Hasle-fly. Comes on about the latter end of July, and continues on about nine days; it is in form like a round button, from which it derives its name: it has four wings, the uppermost husky and hard, the undermost of a fine blue color, soft, and transparent; it is to be found on hazle-trees, or fern: it is an excellent fly for bobbing at the bush, or dub line ; but is rather difficult to make, on count of its shape and form : the wings are made from the red feather that grows upon the rump or tail of a partridge; the body is made with a peacock's herl, and an ostrich's feather mixed, and the legs of a fine black cock's hackle. The hook, No.7.
The Little Red and Black Ant-flies. Come on about the tenth or twelfth of August, and are to be seen in warın gloomy days, till the latter end of September; to be fished with from about twelve o'clock, till four in the evening, and are to be inade in the same form as the large ones, and with the same materials, but very small. The hook, No. 9.
The Little Whirling Blue. Comes on about the tenth or twelfth of August, and continues on about three weeks: as it swims down the water, its wings stand upright on its
back; back; it has a forked tail, the color of its wings: it is to be fished with from eleven o'clock in the forenoon, till three in the afternoon. The wings are made from a feather out of the wings of a starling; the body is made with a spaniel's fur, mixed with a little yellow, and a fine red hackle over the body. The hook, No. 8.
The Little Pale Blue. Comes on about the same time as the Whirling Blue, and continues on till about the latter end of September : as it swims down the water, its wings stand upright on its back ; it has a forked tail, and the color of its wings: it is a neat, curious, little fly, and what the graylings are very fond of: it is to be fished with from about ten o'clock in the morning, till three in the afternoon, and generally affords the angler great diversion. The wings are made from a feather off the sea-swallow : the body is made of the lightest blue fur you can get, mixed with a very little yellow mohair, with a fine pale blue hackle wrapt over the body. The hook, No. 8.
The Willow Fly. Comes on about the beginning of September, and continues on till the latter end of October : it is a four-winged fly, and generally flutters upon the surface of the water: it is to be fished with in cold stormy days, being then most plentiful on the water ; but in warm gloomy days make use of the Pale-blue. The wings are made of a blue grizzled cock's hackle, and the body of the blue part of squirrel's fur, mixed with a little yellow mohair. The hook, No. 7.