The Killmany tied by Bob Frandsen (Reversed Wing)
Pic Lorraine Frandsen (Hook c.1890)
And the Parson held up his work to the light, admiring his workmanship,
and drawing out, with the point of his needle, two or three fibres of the
hackle that had been looped down in finishing of the head.
The artificial entomology of the Erne is far more brilliant and beautiful than that of any other river, excepting, perhaps, the spring-flies of the Shannon. Its flies, compared with those of the Scotch waters, or even those of its neighbour river the Bundraos, put one in mind of the gay plumage of the tropics, by the side of an English nightingale or skylark.
Before the arrival of our fishermen, it might be said to consist of two distinct genera, the Butterfly and the Mixed wing, each containing several species; but, some two or three years before the date of these conversations, the fishermen had added to these a third genus of fly, differing in every particular from the other two; and this, from its inventor, was generally known by the name of “the Parson”.
“And so you must carry your own materials, and that, whether you tie yourself or employ others to tie for you. Our friend the Scholar may throw a good line, and hook a good fish, when he has got some cleverer man than himself to point out the throws, and may land him, too, with Slievan to gaff for him; but he will never be a fisherman as long as he lives; no, nor ever turn out such a Killmany that.......”
Right: The Killmany