The Parson genus is much longer, slimmer, and more elegant. This class is known by their bright yellow wings, which are formed from six or eight toppings of the golden pheasant. In the original fly, which still bears the name of “the Parson”, tail, tip, body, and hackle, are all yellow, as well as the wings, and the tinsel is gold; it is hackled over the wings with blue jay, or else fitted with wing-coverts from the kingfisher, with a black ostrich head.
The Parson Reversed Wing tied to create more
movement whilst the fly is swimming
Tied by Bob Frandsen, Pic Lorraine
The Parson tied as you would today - Tied by Bob Frandsen, Pic Lorraine
This genus has three varieties, Kill-many, Kill-more, and Jack the Giant-killer. The first differs from the Parson in having a claret body and hackle; the second retains the yellow body, though it is generally of a deeper shade, but has a bright crimson under-wing and a strong splash of the same colour in the covers; while Jack the Giant-killer has a green body and hackle, with crimson or green coverts. The whole tribe are horned with yellow macaw, except the last species, which is red. The Parson flies are best adapted for stained water, as being better calculated to attract the notice of the fish; Jack is intended for sunshine; Kill-many and Kill-more for dull weather.
The Killmany The Killmore
The Killmany - Tied by Bob Frandsen, Pic Lorraine
The Killmore tied by Bob Frandsen, Pic Lorraine