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Salmonfly.Net Salmon and Steelhead Fly Tying Guide  In Memory of Yuri Shumakov 

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General Practitioner (Drury)

Name General Practitioner (Drury)
Category Atlantic Salmon/Steelhead
Hook Size 6 to 10, Salmon Hook
Thread Red or Orange
Long Whiskers 5 or 6 Feathers from a Golden Pheasant Spear Feather
Short Whiskers Golden Pheasant Red Breast Feathers
Prawn Head Tippet Feathers Tied in Between Two Golden Pheasant Red Breast Feathers
Rib Oval Gold Tinsel
Body Orange Seal's Fur
Hackle Orange Cock, Palmered
Back Feathers Tippet Feathers Tied in Between Two Golden Pheasant Red Breast Feathers
Head Red or Orange

This pattern came from the fine book by Peter O'Reilly, Trout & Salmon Flies of Ireland. He writes that the General Practitioner was originated in the 1950s by Colonel Esmond Drury, and is considered one of the best imitations of a shrimp or prawn. It can be a deadly fly fished in small sizes on a floating line in low water. Others prefer to fish this as a big fly on sinking line, raising and lowering the rod tip.


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