This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Spruce Peacock, a fly pattern developed by Polly Rosborough.

Spruce Peacock |

I found this fly on a display at the International Federation of Fly Fishers Museum in Livingston, MT. I took this picture of Polly’s Spruce Peacock through the glass display in a dark room and I think it turned out quite well. It’s is one of several flies in a display entitled Polly’s Proven Killers.

The Spruce Peacock appears to be a variation of the Spruce Fly, originally developed in the 1930’s by Don Godfrey to catch sea-run cutthroat trout on the Oregon coast.

Ernest H. “Polly” Rosborough (1902 – 1997) tied a large variety of flies but is probably best known as an author of Tying and Fishing the Fuzzy Nymph (1965). Polly lived in Chiloquin, Oregon and his home river was the Williamson River. 

Here are a couple other TBT Rosborough flies – the Dark Caddis and his Grasshopper

Enjoy…go fish!

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  1. James, great idea! I would be great if John would develop or create the step by step tying instructions and material lists for his Throw Back Thursday flies. Including the pictures of each step. Winter fun thing keep him buzy HA!

    1. James

      Thanks for your comment. You know, I do provide fly pattern sheets for quite a few of my Throw Back Thursday Flies…just not all of them. I have to fish too!! 🙂


  2. You know this is Ron Anderson favorite fly. Ginman always gave him big heat about using it. Ask Ron about that.max

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