#340 – Watson Fancy

#340 Watson Fancy - Dave Lomasney
#340 Watson Fancy – Dave Lomasney

Tied by: Dave Lomasney
Originated by: Donald Watson

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek 8xl #2
Thread: White 6/0
Tag: Gold flat tinsel
Tail: Golden pheasant tippet
Body: Black floss on rear half and red on the front half
Rib: Gold flat tinsel
Throat: Black schlappen
Wing: 4 black hackles
Head: Black

Notes: The Watson’s Fancy is a beautiful classic wet fly, but Dave’s conversion is equally stunning. The wet fly was developed by Scottish angler Donald Watson with the intention of chasing the sea trout and legendary brown trout of Scotland and Ireland. The pattern exists in several versions originating from different sources. Dave’s source is Ray Bergman’s ‘Trout’ which features the red positioned in the front and the golden pheasant tippet tail. The other strong lineage in the pattern reverses the body colours with black up front, and rather than a golden pheasant tippet, the crest or yellow hackle fibers is placed at the tail.

Dave Lomasney – I was born and raised a New Englander, were I love to fly fish, hunt, hike and most of all tie classic streamer and wet flies. I started flyfishing and tying about thirty years ago when I bought a Universal Fly Tying Kit from the Kittery Trading Post here in Maine. Little did I know were it would take me. Simple bucktails at first, Mickey Fin, Blacknose Dace, and Wardens Worry. It was with that first Wardens Worry that I caught my first trout with a fly.
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7 Comments

  1. The original wet fly, is most often seen dressed with jungle cock cheeks & a seals fur body as well as several other differences. The cheeks were thought to have added to it’s “killing” abilities by quite a bit in most cases. I don’t know if it would make a difference on this version though.

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