The PEI fly or Prince Edward as it was originally know uses red ibis in the wing, but because Red Ibis is not a readily accessible material, hen saddle makes a good substitute. Now, I’m not using French Hens, but actually I use the Chinese Hen. They have a beautiful shape to the feather, and sit nicely on top of the hook shank for this application. The name of the fly is a bit confusing, while some texts refer to the fly simply as the PE Fly, it is also seen as the PEI fly in others.
On the third day of Christmas my Ghillie tied for me
3 PEI Flies,
2 Blae and Black
And a soft hackle Partridge and Orange
P.E.I. Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad 3399 or Tiemco 700 (blind hook with gut eye may also be used)
Thread: UNI-Thread 6/0 Red
Tag: Silver Mylar Tinsel
Body: Light Yellow Floss
Rib: Silver Mylar Tinsel
Beard: Brown Neck Hackle
Wing: Red Ibis or Red Chinese Hen Saddle
Here is the fly featured on the 2005 Canadian stamp series. The fly was tied by Newfoundland’s Rob Solo.
I also created a little step by step tutorial of this fly. Click here to view the SBS of the PEI Fly