Beatrice Wet Fly #6


Tail: Scarlet quill sections

Tip: Green floss tied as a butt *

Hackle: Yellow and crimson tied palmer **

Ribbing: None

Body: Yellow floss

Wing: Barred Mandarin ***

* The tip listing of green floss is shown as a butt on Dr. Burke’s Color Plate No. 1 painting from Ray Bergman’s book Trout. The green floss could be tied as either a tip or butt.

** Notably, the Beatrice is the first of only a few wet flies calling for two colors of palmered hackle. It took me a long time to figure out that the best results for double palmer hackles are obtained by stripping one side (always the leading edge) and winding both stems simultaneously, by hand (no hackle pliers). This may also be done with folded hackles, but even then, both feathers need to be wound at the same time. (see my versions, Beatrice: Variations I, II, & III in Complete Sportsman’s 2000 Book Forgotten Flies. Click the link to the Forgotten Flies Wet Fly Gallery on the right to view these three variations. The first edition printings of Trout also listed a hackle of scarlet or gray in addition to the mixed scarlet and yellow.

Since tying those flies in 1997-1999 my preference has changed; I now believe a folded double-hackle palmer overdresses the fly.

*** Nowadays the barred Mandarin in the wing of the Beatrice and many other flies is usually replaced with barred wood duck – see the historical information regarding wood ducks at Hatches Online in my introductory article to The Ray Bergman Collection.

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