This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Peacock Despair.
I didn’t know about this fly until a potential customer brought it to my attention.
Jack Sutton, a Canadian fly tyer, developed this fly in the 1930’s. The Peacock Despair was a popular fly for large brook trout in eastern Canada, Quebec and Labrador.
It was originally tied to imitate a stonefly nymph, but is also used to imitate dragon fly larva and sedge pupas.
Sutton worked in the fishing tackle department at the Simpsons store in downtown Toronto.
He was a great fly fisherman, fly tier, rod builder and salesman. In addition, he was also one of the best tournament casters in Canada.
Here is a view from the bottom of the fly.
I came across an online article written by Gord Deval, a Canadian as well. It was my source to tie the fly.
Daiichi 1720 #10
Black Danville, 70 denier
Tag & Rib:
Peacock herl, 4 strands
Hungarian Partridge, 2 feathers