Tekstboks: Erin-go-Bragh

The Erin-Go-Bragh 2

Tag: Gold thread, Dark orange floss.
Tail: Gold phesant crest (long).
Butt: Peacock herl.
Body: In two sections of green silk
butted Peacock herl.
Ribbing: Oval gold tinsel.
Hackle: Black natural on front half.
Throat: A orange cock hackle.
Wing: Great Argus pheasant.
Sides: Mallar and Summerduck.
Head: Peacock herl.

This fly was first presented by Ephemera (Edward Fitzgibbon) in his 1850 publication The Book of the Salmon. It is typical of the flies of the era, containing mixed wings with dark fibers like Brown Mallard, Argus pheasant, and Bustard. Also, golden pheasant crests were frequently a part of the wing, rather than a topping. An interesting characteristic of the Erin-Go-Bragh is that the hook should be a rather long-shanked iron, almost streamer-like in fashion. Bates (1987) believes that such "long" salmon flies are descendants of earlier pike flies, which imitated dragon flies (requiring long bodies).