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 . . .
Archive of Old Flies
"The Black Diamond was originated by Harry Lemire around 1963 and named
for his home town in Washington. It is a tidy, dark fly that is especially
effective in shallow tailouts during the summer and fall when fished using
the greased-line technique."
The original pattern was described:
Quoted section and tying recipe from Flies for
Steelhead, by Dick Stewart and Farrow Allen.
- Thread: Black.
- Tag: Silver Tinsel.
- Body: Black Dubbing.
- Ribbing: Flat Silver Tinsel (I used oval).
- Hackle: Guinea Fowl.
- Wing: Peacock sword fibres under Grey Squirrel tail.
- Eyes: Jungle Cock eyes.
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