The Baker is one of the oldest classic Atlantic Salmon fly patterns. As I’m learning with my brief history research on these flies, several well-known tyers had slightly different variations. These include Francis Francis and Kelson to name a couple. And the fly in the picture is a slightly different variation from the fly dressings I found.
I read the fly was credited to a Mr.Jewhurst of Tunbridge, Kent, England at the beginning of the 19th century.
Here is the dressing per Geo. M. Kelson from his book The Salmon Fly, page 109:
|Tag:||Gold twist and light blue silk.|
|Tail:||A topping and Gallina.|
|Body:||Yellow silk, light orange, blue and dark claret Seal’s fur, equally divided.|
|Hackle:||Dark claret from second turn.|
|Throat:||Gallina and light blue hackle.|
|Wings:||Two tippets (back to back) veiled with Golden Pheasant tail, light Bustard, Grey Mallard, Peacock wing, Swan dyed light blue, yellow, and dark claret; and Mallard above.|
Kelson’s note after the dressing states “One of the oldest standards, and a favourite on most rivers.”