The french pediatrician Jean-Paul Pequegnot has written a book about
french flies - "Repertoire des Mouches Artificielles Français".
1975. It is translated to english in the last years. He gives among others
also descriptions of flies from Britanny. On some of the rivers they had
earlier prof. Flyfishermen, in that way, that they earned their living
catching trout, seatrout and salmon in public waters on their own flies
and sold their catch. Therefore it can be of utmost importance to get a
knowledge of their fly-creations. One of the most well-known was François
My breton friend, Yann Youen Bouglouan (Y.Y.B.) had the previlege to
come to know LeNy closely in his last years. He learned the ways of his
flytying and after his death inherited his prayerbook, where LeNy, between
its pages, stored his materials for tying!
His tying style was quite unique, and I have in my last book
"Flies from the Flyleaves of my Diaries" given a short
description, which I here shall try to specify more in details: Y.Y.B.
uses among others the following pattern:
N - Single Low Water size 2/0.
red worsted - teased out and used as dubbing - it can also be
bright yellow or deep green.
crest tied so it curves downwards!
pig's wool spun to a ‘fusil’ and rolled around the tying
dun saddle feather turned over the front half of the body and
with more turns just behind the neck of the hook.
tailfibres mixed with fibres from the feathers just in front of
the tail of a Pea-hen - placed on top of the hook - and on both
sides tufs of fibres from the same feather from a Pea-hen.
For the tag is used common worsted -
teased out and used as dubbing-material.
He spins it as a 'fusil' - ties it down at
the bend and turns it aound the thread and winds it as adubbing. On the
front part of the tag he ties the G.P. creast down with its convex side up
- opposite the normal way for classic english salmon-flies! Tying it down
ON TOP OF the wool helps to give it the right curvature.. Then the rib is
tied down and the wild pigs wool is like the worsted spun between ones
fingers to a fusil - tied down by its point, twisted around the thread and
together wound up over the shank to short before the hook-eye - a little
nearer the eye, than on normal flies. Then Y.Y.B. ties the hackle down in
front and winds it down over the front-half of the body as a
palmer-hackle. Catches the tip under the rib, which in wide turns are
moved up over the body. Now he treats the body with a stiff toothbrush, so
it gets a fluffy appearance.
From a G.P. centre-tailfeather he takes a few fibres - mix them with a
few from the mentioned feather from a Pea-hen and tie them down on top of
the front-part of the body. Just the same procedure as we tied the tail
down with. Obs! The fibres must not stick together - therefore he rolls
them between his fingers before they are tied down.
On both sides is small tufts of the same Pea-hen feather tied down and
he finishes with a whipfinish knot The wild pigs wool excists in different
shades from light grey to black, and in different textures depending on
the age of the animal and the place from where it’s taken. Beside that
the bretons dye it in different shades of brown and olive using two
procedures - either they dye it in an alcoholic solution of picric acid,
or they use the brown bulb scales from ordinary onions, which have been
stored in acetic acid for a few weeks.
The above tying gives flies with a great amount of life - even in slow
flowing water. Also here in Denmark they have been used to great advantage
fishing for sea-trout