Fly Tying Polly Rosborough’s Polly’s Pride Steelhead Fly

Ernest Herbert Rosborough or better known as Polly is best known for his series of Fuzzy Nymph fly patterns and his self published book “Tying and Fishing the Fuzzy Nymphs”. He is also the architect behind some 60 or so fly patterns that include streamers, bucktails, dries, wets as well as those famous nymphs. The Polly’s Pride is considered his trademark pattern.

Polly was given the nickname by co-workers who said he talked a lot like “Polly the Parrot”. It stuck. Polly worked as both a commercial fly tyer and a trapper and partnered with fly angler Dick Winter for a while producing flies. He authored a few books including the most known, Tying and Fishing the Fuzzy Nymphs which has been reprinted several times.

In his later years, Polly lived alone along the Williamson river in Chiloquin, OR. He tied flies for collectors and for the tackle shop he lived nearby.

Polly’s Pride fly pattern recipe
Hook: Streamer hook Mustad L87 #4
Thread: 6/0 black
Tail: Red hackle fibers (hen or rooster)
Rib: #14 Silver flat mylar tinsel
Body: Fl. Red Laser Dub (lamb’s wool )
Collar: Red rooster hackle
Wing: White marabou
Topping: 6 black ostrich herls
Eyes: White with black pupil


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