Published On: Thu, Jun 4th, 2015

Parsons’ Glory – Taupo, Rotorua trout lure or streamer fly

Parsons' Glory Yellow.Parsons’ Glory Trout Fly

The Parsons’ Glory is one of New Zealand ‘s most popular trout flies. According to Keith Draper in his book  Trout Flies in New Zealand it was originally created by Phil Parsons of Napier back in 1924. Parsons made his lure from sheep’s wool and Plymouth Rock rooster feathers to which he applied iodine turning the fly a brownish yellow. The modern equivalent employs a body of yellow chenille and mottled honey grizzle hackle feathers.

The fly is very popular for trolling on Taupo and the Rotorua lakes, is used extensively for fly fishing at stream mouths which feed these lakes, and is also popular with South Island trout anglers.

A streamer fly is generally called a lure in this country. So the two terms are both interchangeable in this context.

Parsons’ Glory lures are tied in the larger size 2 for harling and stream mouth fishing down to a size 8 for upriver and stream fishing. The red whisks are not essential and the lure is sold in New Zealand both with and without them.

This is one lure that is tied and sold in many variations: yellow, red, green, olive green and fluro lime green are all used. The original yellow bodied version is a tremendous fly for daylight fishing.

For a touch of history and to boost its attractiveness to both trout and angler the addition of Jungle Cock cheeks lift this fly to something quite special. When the Jungle Cock cheeks where added the fly was called a Parsons’ Glory Imperial.

The lure becomes the Parsons' Glory Imperial with the addition of jungle cock cheek feathers.

The lure becomes the Parsons’ Glory Imperial with the addition of jungle cock cheek feathers.

Hook: Lure hooks size 2-8

Tail: Red whisks.

Body: Yellow chenille.

Rib: Oval gold or silvery tinsel.

Wing: Honey grizzle hackle.

Hackle Collar: Honey grizzle hackle.

Head: Black thread.

See also fishing the Taupo Tiger for sea-run trout in Canterbury with John Hey.

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  1. Hi Paul,
    Our Fishingmag forum membership login is the same login you used to become a member of the site.
    The forum had well over a 1,000 members and for over a decade was very active. In the past year most prefer to post on facebook instead – a trend worldwide. However site membership is growing steadily and many view the forums without posting. If you do post questions on our Fishingmag forum I’m sure we’ll be able to help you. Best wishes Allan Burgess

  2. Hey Alan

    I have just come across your website and would like to know how to join the forums. I have only recently started to Flyfish and have planned a trip to New Zealand next Oct 2016. I live Ln Perth Western Australia.

    Cheer

    Paul

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