3 Black Pennell Traditional Wet Fly Fishing Flies Size 12 / 14, Gift for Fly Fishermen. Dimensions- see photograph number 10 Tied and tested in Dalavich, Scotland, this classic wet fly, the Black Pennell is one of these flies that is always in with a chance. When the trout are taking a wee black fly, this is a great choice. The Black Pennell is one of the classic ‘Black’ flies that has survived the test of time. Classified as a fancy wet or loch style pattern, the Black Pennell was devised by Mr H. Cholmondeley Pennell a wealthy Edwardian english gentleman, who loved fishing in Northern Europe. There are several styles in tying this pattern, some with a fine slim body of only one layer of tying thread, a floss body, as shown here and one with seals fur or black wool. Although some listings say that the hackle should be of a black hen tied sparingly, the original is of cock hackle tied long extending over the hook point and into the bend. I’ve been tying the Black Pennell for many years, in fact it was the very first fly I attempted to tie. I was learning everything at once: thread tension, tailing, building a body, ribbing and, what seemed impossible to me at the time, hackling. I remember tying it and then scraping the dressing back off the hook with a razor blade and tying it again; this probably went on for a week or so. I must have tied it over 200 times before I was happy with my dressing. It taught me a lot of technique though just tying that one fly over and over and it was funny today thinking about that as I was whizzing through a batch of these. I’ve tied it in all the aforementioned styles in the past but this dressing here is my favourite. I like the proportions on this dressing and I prefer the hen hackle to the rooster hackle. The hen is much softer and has much more movement in the water. One of the reasons I decided to tie this one today is that I picked up a beautiful black hen cape from Whiting. The feathers are perfect so it was a good excuse to tie the Pennell. When used for loch fishing, the fly can be fished as part of a team of flies. I like a hare’s ear nymph or a pheasant tail nymph on the point with the Black Pennell on a dropper as a searching rig. Also, try a bushy dry fly on the dropper, maybe a caddis or a sedgehog with the Pennell on the point. The idea here is that the bushy dry fly makes a wake when retrieved and acts as an attractor getting the trouts attention. When the fish rises to inspect the wake fly they see the wet fly or flies and take one of them. This is a great method from a drifting boat. If you are using the Pennell on a river you can fish the traditional way of ‘down and across’ stream letting them ‘swing’ around at the end of the cast. Pattern Hook – Kamasan B 175 Thread – Uni 8/0 Tail – Golden Pheasant Tippet Rib – Uni soft wire small silver Body – Black Floss Hackle – Whiting Exclusive Hen Cape This is the traditional pattern for the Black Pennell but I like to tie lots of variants of this pattern. Keep an eye on the shop for Black Pennell variants appearing. This fly is a must have for your flybox. If you’ve not tried them before, you are going to love this fly. The fly has been tied with durability in mind. Everything is tightly wrapped with hackle stems all folded back and heads double whipped and sealed. A great Birthday or Christmas Present for the angler in your life. The price is for 3 flies.
3 Black Pennell Traditional Wet Fly Fishing Flies Size 12 / 14, Gift for Fly Anglers.
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