On my Vise: The Abbey

The Abbey

“The Abbey”

Body: Red Floss

Tag: Gold Tinsel

Ribbing: Gold Tinsel

(I usually tie with wide tinsel for low light conditions)

Tail: Golden Pheasant Tippet

Hackle: Brown/Red Hen

Wing: Grey Mallard

“The Abbey. In America, the Abbey is credited to, and named after Mr. Charles Abbey, of Abbey & Imbrie, a New York firm of fishing – tackle dealers. The fly has been popular in this country many years. It is claimed that it is an English pattern of old standing, which received its name from a building,not from an individual ; also that long before it was called the Abbey fly it was in general use, known as the Jew fly.” Quote from-(Mary Orvis Marbury in Favourite flies and their histories (1892)

The Abbey may not be a new pattern, but its just as effective today. I’m a huge fan of tying, fishing and learning more about the Classic Ray Bergman collection and while there may be some variants to this fly as compared to the ones in the books. I have fished this fly on the swing, and stripped it like a streamer with great results.


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