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-thirteen
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
"Evidently this fly originated as a trout fly in England. In 1929
Mr. Frier Gulline, of Fin, Fur and Feather Ltd., of Montreal,
adapted it as a streamer fly. It has proved to be one of the best
flies of this type for trout and bass in Canada. This pattern
evidently was adapted from the Hardy Bros. Demon
streamer. The dressings are identical, except that the Demon
has a throat of light blue hackle and the tail is red wool instead of a section
of red feather. In England, this fly is favored for salmon, sea trout
and inland trout."
The original pattern was described:
Quoted section and tying recipe from Streamer FLY TYING &
FISHING, by Joseph D. Bates, Jr., published by Stackpole Books.
Color photo from >Forgotten Flies.
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- Head: Black.
- Tail: A fairly long but rather narrow section of a red
goose or swan wing feather.
- Body: Medium embossed silver tinsel.
- Ribbing: Narrow oval silver tinsel.
- Throat: A wide black saddle hackle wound on as a
collar and separated at the top to accomodate the wing.
- Wing: A fairly large bunch of bright green herl. The
herl should be so selected as to be very green and very fine. The wing extends
beyond the tail of the fly.
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