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And a Partridge in a Pear Tree...

The French or Red-Legged Partridge is a dapper bird with some nice feathers. Aside from those very stylish breast feathers there are other nice ones in soft olive, brown and grey, as well as interesting neck feathers.

These two flies are tied with French Partridge feathers. The first is a French Partridge Mayfly, ostensibly a dry but to me more of a damp fly. From the small history I could find, it seems it's an old UK pattern. It looks to be a popular Irish lough fly, the Irish seem to be into these big damp type flies. I can't blame them, it's a great looking fly.

The second fly is one I made up in a palmered wet style and uses some of the feathers from other parts of the bird.

Edited by Jo
French Partridge
Image courtesy of Arturo Nikolai under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License.
 
French Partridge Mayfly
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French Partridge Mayfly

Hook: Size 10 Kamasan B175
Thread: Black
Tail: Ringneck cock pheasant tail
Body: Cream floss (should be tan raffia, didn't have any)
Body hackle: Olive cock
Rib: Fine fold wire wrapped in one direction, red thread wrapped the other
Head hackle: French Partridge breast

 
French Partridge Wet Click image for larger version
 
French Partridge Wet

Hook: Size 10 Kamasan B175
Thread: Black
Tail: Ringneck cock pheasant tail
Body: Grey SLF
First body hackle: Grey French Partridge breast feather, in open turns
Second body hackle: Brown French Partridge back feather, in open turns
Rib: Fine silver tinsel, also wound through body hackles
Head hackle: Olive French Partridge back feather

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