The Jersey Herd

by Jonathan


The Jersey Herd was created by Tom Ivens for reservoir fishing in the early 1970s . It derived it’s name because the early pattern’s body was made from the gold colour foil on the milk bottles known as gold tops. At that time the Jersey cows were the ones milked to give the best full cream milk, hence the name Jersey Herd.

It is still a useful pattern to have in your box. Materials have changed over the years and the body is now usually made of copper lurex ribbed with copper wire, or goldfingering. I have used a material called new body czech which I prefer. This fly like so many others from that era still catches a lot of fish and is well worth giving a try.

The Dressing

  • Hook – L/S 6, 8 or 10
  • Thread – Black
  • Tail Back & Head – Peacock Herl
  • Body – Either Copper Lurex ribbed with copper wire, Goldfingering or New Body Czech.


Dave C and The Team


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