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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-twelve

Buzz Hackle

Buzz Hackle

Compiled and Tied By Thomas C. Duncan, Sr.
Photo by James Birkholm


"Al Lent was always getting out fished by his buddies. He told E. C. Powell's wife, Myrtle that he wanted a fly with all the best ingredients.They decided on the following, some red, silver tinsel, peacock, and for hackle some brown and grizzly. The result was named for Al Lent and for the first time Lent out fished his friends. A couple of years later Mr. Lent asked that the fly be renamed in memory of his infant son Buzz "-- Courtesy Press Powell."

The original pattern was described:
    Hook:   Dry fly hook.

    Thread:  Black.

    Tail:  Red hackle fibres.

    Tag:  Silver Tinsel.

    Rear Hackle   Grizzly.

    Body:   Peacock herl.

    Fore Hackle:   Brown.

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