The Kernell (working a little ringneck pheasant into an old Classic)

An Atlantic salmon fly pattern utilizing a ringneck pheasant tippet underwing.

This pattern finds it’s inspiration in an old classic 19th century Atlantic salmon pattern called The Colonel. The original, as per Francis Francis, featured a golden pheasant tippet underwing with more predominate orange color tones. Francis Francis was perhaps the greatest authority of the early Atlantic salmon fly experts. Forgive my indulgence, but I just wanted to incorporate the pale ringneck pheasant tippet feather into an old Classic pattern. The tippet feather from the ringneck pheasant reminds me a little of the pale yellow of corn. Hence I call this light yellow pattern The Kernell.


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