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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-seven

Welch Rarebit

Welch Rarebit

Compiled by Deanna Birkholm


"This streamer was first tied and named by Herbert Welch, of Haines Landing, Maine, fly caster extra-ordinary, guide, taxidermist, artist and one of the best known fishermen in the East.

Another one of Mr. Welch's creations is the Jane Craig, named after the actress.

It has been said that "when casting a streamer fly for salmon the trick is to impart an alluring action to the artificial by a series of rod twitches - the idea being to simulate a smelt's darts and wiggles. Once this technique is mastered, it's no trick to catch fish, and at Gordon Fraser's Inlet Camp, up on Square Lake, Herb Welch took and released nine salmon and trout on the Home Pool after other anglers had given up."
    Tail:  Thin slips of duck or groose in red, yellow and blue; two strands of peacock sword.

    Body:   Flat silver tinsel.

    Rib:   Oval silver tinsel.

    Throat:   Guinea fowl fibers.

    Wing:   Dark red saddle hackles flanked by two white saddle hackle (Perrault uses pink instead of red hackles.)

    Topping:   Bright green peacock herl strands.

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

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