The Harey Maclarey

Some of you might be wondering who or what is Harey Maclarey. Hairy Maclary is a beloved if mischievous dog from Donaldson’s dairy, and the main character in a wonderful set of children’s books that sprang from the mind of Lynley Dodd. Incidentally they’re wonderful books to ham up with the kids sitting on your lap at the end of a long day.

So is it a bird, a plane, or is it Superman?

The answer is no – it’s a fly, used as an early season nymph imitation based loosely on the Hare and Copper, a popular pattern that I believe originated in New Zealand much like old Hairy Maclary himself. Both are grey and shaggy, and at least in the case of the Harey, the shaggier the better.

Full SBS to follow!

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