This pattern is a very popular old standard wet fly. It is listed in Mary Orvis Marbury’s Favorite Flies and Their Histories, 1892. I fished it often as a kid and a young man. This was part of the custom order I received in the summer of 2009 from Fishing Creek Angler Fly Shop and Bed and Breakfast, near Benton, Pennsylvania.
The Queen of the Waters is a fairly simple fly, containing only three ingredient components. Here is the recipe:
Queen of the Waters
Hook: Standard ox long wet fly hook, sizes #4 to #12 as desired.
Thread: Danville Flymaster #1 White for body, #100 Black for head
Hackle: Brown hen tied palmer, the soft webby fibers near the base of saddle hackles may also be used. depending on the density of the hackles barbs, you may decide to strip one side of the stem before winding.
Body: #7 Danville Orange floss
Wing: Gray mallard