Every so often, I get hung up on a fly. This time around, it's the Nepisiguit Grey (note well the Canadian spelling of the G-word!). I don't believe I'd ever even heard of the Nepisiguit River until Paul and Stephanie Elson and Howie Gould took me fishing there one lovely Autumn day a few years ago. More about the river in this post from 2017, if you're interested: https://theriverscourse.blogspot.com/2017/11/miramichi-salmon-camps-fall-2017.html.
There is another spelling, "Nipisiguit", that based on an hour of googling, looks to be an old French way of spelling. I just bought a book, Salmon Fishing on the Nipisiguit - 1874, that lends a little credence to the older spelling. Modern maps all seem to spell it Nepisiguit. Several fly tying books, notably Farrow and Allen's Flies for Atlantic Salmon and Poul Jorgensen's Salmon Flies - Their Character, Style and Dressing use the Nipisiguit spelling, as does Joseph Bates, Jr. in The Art of the Salmon Fly.
Historian David Ledlie, in an article he wrote for The American Fly Fisher (Fall 1976) concerning Dean Sage and his writing of the Ristigouche and its Salmon Fishing found this memo from Sage to his publisher regarding the spelling: "Nepisseguit - Hickman spells it Nepisaguit and it is also spelled Nepiseguit and Nepisiguit, but my spelling is I think the most common and most in accordance with the pronounciation."
Others, including Bates and Richards Fishing Atlantic Salmon - the Flies and the Patterns and the monumental Hardy's Salmon Flies - Patterns from the Fly Tying Department 1883-1969 use the Nepisiguit spelling.
In its earliest form, it's a beautiful fly - this one tied by Tyler Thompson. Click on the pics for a larger version!
Tag: Oval gold tinsel
Tip: Yellow floss
Tail: Golden Pheasant crest
Butt: Peacock herl
Rib: Oval gold tinsel
Body: Gray underbelly fur of a Muskrat
Throat: Grizzly hackle
Wing: Black Bear hair