Tied by: Ted Patlen
Originated by: Preston Jennings
Source: Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing (page 298-299)
Hook: 3xl streamer hook
Thread: Black 70 denier
Tail: 2 sections of married goose or swan yellow, blue then red
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Ribbing: Fine oval silver tinsel
Throat: Yellow hackle
Wing: 4 ginger badger or furnace hackles
Shoulder: 2 sections of married goose or swan yellow, blue then red. Should be thin and extend about 2/3 the wing length.
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Notes: The Lord Iris is one of the flies originated by Preston Jennings to immitate the colors of minnows as they appear by the breaking down of light passing through a prism. The married wing and tail make this a distinctive pattern and a challenging streamer to tie for the neophyte. It’s clear, judging by the Patent submitted by Mr. Jennings that he took a serious scientific approach to creating his streamer designs.
Except from Streamer Fly Tying & Fishing by Joseph D. Bates Jr.
This fly is one of those originated by Mr. Preston Jennings, of Brooklyn, New York, supposedly to imitate the colors of minnows as they appear by the breaking down of light passing through a prism.
For more information on Preston Jennings, see Global Fly Fisher’s page and the Preston Jennings chapter in Forgotten Flies.
Ted Patlen – winner of seven fly-tying world championships, has demonstrated at fly-fishing conventions from the slopes of the Canadian Rockies to a 12th century Italian villa; as well as on a dusty parking lot in Roscoe, New York.
[visit Ted’s streamer page on Streamers 365]