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Greenwell's Glory

The creation of this fly is attributed to Canon William Greenwell (1821 to 1918). It is thought that Greenwell took his idea to James Wright - who was already known as one of the tweed best flytyers - during 1854. Mr. Wright is said to have been skeptical of this new idea at first but after witnessing several creels full of fish caught using the new fly he soon changed his mind.
The original fly was dressed using blackbird's wing, red and black hackle and a yellow silk body.
Variations have sprung up over the years; the first of which was by E.M Todd in 1903, this included a coch-y-bonddhu hackle which was foxy red with a black centre, a split blackbird wing a gold rib and a waxed yellow thread to give a dirty yellow appearance. Todd's version was the first to incorporate the waxed thread, this has carried on and has appeared in every version of the fly since. Over the years the pattern has continued to evolve and despite the inclusion of different wings and hackle colours the original is still a killer flyeven after 130 years. There are few better olive imitations, essential for early and late large dark olive (baetis rhodani) hatches.


  • Hook    - 12 - 18
  • Silk       - Yellow
  • Tail       - Light furnace cock fibres
  • Rib       - Fine gold wire
  • Body    - Well waxed yellow tying thread
  • Wing    - Mallard or Starling
  • Hackle - Furnace

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