John Atherton was a mid-20th Century American artist and passionate if unlucky fisherman and fly tyer. His mixture of colour palettes by using natural materials like blue-grey- yellow macaw herl for dry fly bodies makes very attractive Catskill-style dries. His bad luck was not in not catching fish, but in drowning in a Canadian salmon river while fishing for Atlantic salmon.
This Atherton dry was tied on a #14 Dry fly supreme
Wings: natural brown hen hackle tips
Tail: Coq de leon
Body: grey-yellow macaw wing covert herl twisted
Light ginger hackle