This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Crossfield, a strip-winged Atlantic Salmon fly.
The Crossfield is the second Atlantic Salmon fly I’ve tied from Poul Jorgensen’s book entitled Salmon Flies – Their Character, Style, and Dressing (1978). The first fly I tied from his book is the Blue Charm.
Some quick research finds the Crossfield is a fly from Iceland and originated by Shetney Crosfield around the turn of the 19th century. Joseph D. Bates, Jr. and his daughter Pamela Bates Richards wrote about the fly in their book Fishing Atlantic Salmon (1996). They state the original fly was tied with a Yellow Head, and named the same. Sometime later, the fly was tied with a black head and renamed to the Crosfield for the British fly tyer. (Please note the difference in spelling.)
Angling Iceland provides more information about Shetney Crosfield and his brother Ernest, a well-known British angler of the time. I encourage you to go to their site and read further.
As I prepared to tie the fly, I searched through my fly tying materials to find embossed silver tinsel for the body. I didn’t think I had any, but decided to look through a Ziploc bag. Low and behold, I found an old card of tinsel sold by Universal Vise Corp., which sold for 15 cents!
|Black, prewaxed 6/0
|Fine oval silver tinsel
|Golden pheasant crest
|Embossed silver tinsel
|Black-barred teal over an underwing of brown-mottled turkey tail
I tied this fly on a #2 Dai Riki 2929. While the fly pattern doesn’t include a small bunch of white-tipped squirrel tail, Jorgensen adds the material to help support the turkey wing.