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How to tie a Black Pennell

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The Black Pennell was invented in the last century by H. Cholmondeley-Pennell but is still useful today as a river or stillwater wet fly with the smaller sizes often used to imitate dark midges. It can be very effective when cast upstream and stripped back for seatrout. As with any old established pattern there are several variations including a claret bodied one and alternative dyed colours of the golden pheasant tippets, Fl. Yellow, Orange or even Lime Green.

Materials needed

Tying thread

 Wet fly hooks 10-12

 Golden pheasant tippets

 Fine oval silver tinsel

 Black floss

 Black cock hackle



Step 1.


Place the hook in the vice and wind the thread to the bend and back up to just behind the eye and tie in a bunch of Golden Pheasant Tippet fibres on top of the hook shank, remember to keep the black tips level. Wind the thread back to just behind the eye again.


Step 2.

Tie in a length of fine oval silver tinsel and secure with thread wraps down to the bend and back behind the eye.


Step 3.


Tie in a length of black floss and wind down to the bend and back to the tie in point to make a  smooth body.

Tip; Moisten the floss before winding with a little saliva between the fingers before winding to stop it fraying.


Step 4.

Wind the oval silver tinsel up towards the eye in open turns and tie off. Trim away the waste.


Step 5.

Catch in a softish cock hackle with fibres 11/2 - 2 the hook gape and wind on 2-3 turns. Tie off and trim away the waste before doing a whip finish and varnishing the head.


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