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
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
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
"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
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."
Quoted section from Fly Patterns and Their
Origins, published by Westshore Publications,
Color photo and tying recipe from Forgotten Flies.
We appreciate use permission!
- 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.
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