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Houghton Ruby Fly

This fly is one of our library flies.

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About the Houghton Ruby Trout Fly

The Houghton Ruby is an admirable imitation of the female iron blue spinner, a prime example of William Lunn's art in dressing a fly that has stood the test of time.

Anglers who have the opportuntity to cast a dry line on a chalkstream over the last 80 years or so are very seldom without this fly in their flybox.

Expert Tip:

When William Lunn retired as the River Test's river keeper, he tied and sold his Houghton Rubys for four Shillings (20p or 32 cents) per dozen.

Creator of this trout fly: William Lunn

Tier of this trout fly: Mandy Shelvey

Country of origin for this trout fly: England

This trout fly is designed to be fished on Rivers & Streams


  • Hook : 12-14.
  • Thread : Crimson.
  • Tail : Three white cock hackle fibres.
  • Body : Rhode Island red hackle stalk, crimson.
  • Wing : Two light blue dun hackle tips.
  • Hackle : Rhode Island red cock.

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