The Classic Atlantic Salmon Fly

(A writing to Dewey Gillespie from a very respected friend AJH)

Pictroy Fancy

          Not all modern fly-dressers have chosen to dress magnificent flies once made by artists from across the ocean to catch a salmon, or as some accuse, to impress one another with their fly tying skills.  On the other hand, what fly tier would not enjoy reveling in the freedom to conjure up a spellbinding creation on a salmon hook, aware that it will never be taken to a river, but will be framed, indeed cherished, as an object of devotion.  I am drawn instinctively to its mystery and its magic.


           While other fish have a variety of local names in America, the term for Atlantic Salmon are from the Anglo-Saxon and are rigidly unchanged.

          “Alevin” freshly hatched fry.

          “Parr” young salmon that have never been to sea.

          “Smolt” those about to take their first ocean tour.

          “Grilse” those that have returned to their home streams after one year at sea.

          “Kelt” the spawned out fish or black salmon.