The Glanrhos Wet Fly style, originated on the river Wye in Wales. In the late
19th early 20th century, the fishing at Glanrhos was owned by an Englishman from
Frocester in Gloucestershire, named L. J. Graham-Clarke. It appears that he, or some-one
known to him devised the wet fly style. The literature on Glanrhos is very limited,
there is only a short section in Roger Woolley’s book (1931) and another in Sylvester
Nemes book ‘Soft Hackled Fly Imitations’.
It is variation of the ‘spider’ or soft hackle style already well known in the
north of England and Scotland. When the hackle is wound, the feather tip is not removed,
but left as a single wing. This is a good simulation of a crippled emerging dun.
The wing can be set at any angle or length, depending on preference. The choice
of hackle, game or hen, gives an opportunity to ‘match the hatch’.
I selected several species, March Brown, Olives etc and listed recipes, using
white or pale dun hen hackle and various coloured water-proof felt/fibre pens. I
have not completed this part of the project, but there are some examples of the Glanrhos.