Dr Paul Davis
Bella Donna means beautiful lady in Italian (and my wife is called Donna so is doubly apt). Belladonna can also refer to the deadly nightshade and the colours of this fly mimic the colours of the nightshade family of plants, and it is a deadly fly.
Partridge CS14/2B Size 5 Salar Black Double
Uni Thread Black 8/0
A tag of silver oval tinsel followed by a tail of yellow bucktail overlain with pearl yellow crystal flash
Rear half Uni Floss Emerald Green - Front Half Uni Floss Purple
15lb Fluoro yellow monofilament fishing line
Dyed black squirrel tail overlain with UV purple crystal flash
Front hackle of purple schlappen hackle (or for the variant –picture below – guinea fowl feather dyed purple.)
Make sure the tips of the yellow bucktail and the tips of the black squirrel align. Remember to leave enough room for the head hackle when creating the body and also remember to sweep back the head hackle when tying in.
Good for summer grilse in spate conditions on a sink tip line. Good for autumn salmon in overcast conditions. Not particularly good for springers or when bright conditions prevail.
The guinea fowl variant ‘swims’ better in faster ‘rippled water’ where the hackle seems to pulse life