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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-nine

Durham Ranger

Durham Ranger

Compiled by Deanna Birkholm

"This bright salmon fly dating about 1840 was the creation of Walton Scruton of Durham. Mr. Scruton was the orginating member of the Sprouston Club, organized in 1845, located a few miles down-river from Kelso, on the River Tweed, in Roxburgh County, Scotland, just north of the English border.

William Henderson . . ., a fellow member of the Sprouston Club, tells of Mr. Scruton in his book."

The original pattern was described:
    Tail:  Pheasant crest.

    Body:   Claret floss body.

    Rib:   Gold.

    Tip:   Yellow floss tip.

    Tag:   Peacock.

    Hackle:   Claret.

    Wing:   Pheasant tipped wings with jungle up each side. (Light blue shown here.)

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

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