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Welcome to 'just old flies,' a section of methods and flies that used-to-be. These flies were tied with the only materials available. Long before the advent of 'modern' tying materials, they were created and improved upon at a far slower pace than todays modern counterparts; limited by materials available and the tiers imagination.

Once long gone, there existed a 'fraternity' of anglers who felt an obligation to use only the 'standard' patterns of the day. We hope to bring a bit of nostalgia to these pages and to you. And sometimes what you find here will not always be about fishing. Perhaps you will enjoy them. Perhaps you will fish the flies. Perhaps . . .

Part One hundred-one



Compiled by Deanna Birkholm

"This fly was anmed after Charles Abbey of the famed sporting good and fishing tackle firm of Abbey and Imbrie, of New York City.

Mr. Abbey, as a young man, was employed in the tackle department of Andrew Clerke & Co. "purveyors of fine tackle," 1820-1875.

The first split bamboo rods made for the trade by Charles E. Murphy, of Neward, N.J., were sold in 1863 by Mr. Abbey while so employed."

Charles Hallock in The Fishing Tourist, 1873, wrote that the Abbey was a good fly for ouananicke, originally native to Lake St. John and the Saguenay regions of Canada.

Ouananichi is pronounced wah-nah-neesh, with the accent on the first syllable. The word is of Montagnais Indian derivation meaning "little salmon."

The Abbey is described as:

    Body:  Red Floss.

    Tip:  Gold.

    Rib:  Gold.

    Tail:  Pheasant tail.

    Wings:  Mallard wing.

    Hackle:  Brown.

"Abbey and Imbrie succeeded into the business of Andrew Clerke & Co. in 1875."

Quoted section from Fly Patterns and Their Origins, published by Westshore Publications, Color photo from Forgotten Flies. We appreciate use permission!

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