This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Parmacheene Belle.
This fly is from the collection of Al and Gretchen Beatty. The Parmacheene Belle was invented by Henry P. Wells in the late 1870’s and was named for Parmacheene Lake in Maine.
I found the Parmacheene Belle listed on Plate I in Mary Orvis Marbury’s book, Favorite Flies and Their Histories (1892). It was Wells’ belief the fly represented the “belly-fin of the trout itself.”
If you read the post entitled Tyer’s Wax a couple of weeks ago, you might remember I wrote about Gretchen Beatty’s father “Dub” Evans who taught her to tie flies on a treadle sewing machine converted into a fly tying vise. It’s not a coincidence this fly is from the Glen L. Evans Company.