This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Rosy Dawn.

Rosy Dawn | www.johnkreft.com

I am a neophyte when it comes to Atlantic Salmon flies. I’ve tied the Golden Butterfly for a fly plate and was very satisfied with my first fly.

Golden Butterfly | www.johnkreft.com

I found several Atlantic Salmon flies in an old fly box given to me and had no idea the names of them. I showed them to Jim, my fly tyer friend and he spent some time trying to ID the flies. He gave me his best guess and attached a small piece of paper to each hook. This fly is one of those flies.

The Rosy Dawn was created by Dr. Pryce-Tannatt (1881 – 1965) around 1910.

Here is the fly pattern from Price-Tannatt’s book How to Dress Salmon Flies, published in 1914:

Rosy Dawn (hook, 1 1/4 to 2 inches)

Tag:Gold tinsel.
Tail:A topping and tippet in strands.
Butt:Black herl.
Body:In two equal halves – first half, embossed silver tinsel; second half, oval gold tinsel, butted at the joint with a magenta hackle.
Throat:A magenta hackle, followed by a pale blue hackle.
Wings:A pair of tippets (back to back) veiled with “married” strands of yellow, blue and scarlet Swan and Golden Pheasant tail.
Sides:Jungle cock; two or three toppings over.
Horns:Blue and Scarlet Macaw.

Note: This book is no longer subject to copyright law and can be downloaded for your reading pleasure. Click here and check it out for yourself: How to Dress Salmon Flies

Enjoy…go fish!

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