So I've been very interested in North country spiders lately. The other day I received a little package in the mail with English woodcock and grouse wings as well as a snipe skin to fuel my interest. I'm some who loves old things, so the idea of tying and fishing these traditional patterns is very appealing. I've also been following a few blogs from some anglers in the UK who tie and fish these traditional patterns. I would recommend that you check out their blogs by referring to my blog list.
The other day, a question came up on one of those blogs about the Partridge and Green. From the little bit of research that I've done it doesn't appear that the Partridge and Green was ever described by Pritt or Edmonds and Lee in their works on Traditional North country flies. Here is a nice link I found to some of the original dressings described http://www.wetfly.co.uk/. The Partridge and Green is obviously a variation of the well known Partridge and Orange but I really don't know who first described it. I've found that it is very effective when fish are rising to caddis and may imitate a green bodied caddis that is present in New England or perhaps the greenish egg sack of some species of caddis. I tie it using grey partridge both with and without dubbing prepared by mixing cuttings from a Hare's mask and Pearsall's highlander green silk. I've been experimenting a bit with lighting used in taking pictures to better reflect the true color of the flies. The green silk used is a darker, deep green.