29 Apr 2010
Gadgets and Storm Fry
The Gadget, tied on a size 6 or 8 hook, with a silver body and a back and tail of mallard fibres, was the creation of the great Michael Rogan, who in turn was adapting the pattern of a great friend of his, who (I'm very reliably told) made the prototype from silver cigarette paper. The dressings shown were tied by Lindsey Clarke - a wonderful fly-tier.
The Storm Fry, with a silver and/or silver/back or green/black body wrapped in plastic strip, was the creation of that great Northern Irish fly-dresser, Robert McHaffie. I love the simplicity and sparseness of both patterns, and often fish either or both when small fry - known as sprit, sparling or brit - are around in the spring and summer.