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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-fourteen



Compiled by Deanna Birkholm

"Lorenzo Prouty, of Boston, Massachusetts, was an old-time and respected angler of Boston, who fished considerably in Grand Lake Stream, Maine, in 1860's.

He had been employed as a fishing tackle salesman at L.B. Marti's and later at Bradford & Anthony. He was a member of the fishing tackle firm of Prouty & Appleton, succeeded by Appleton & Fitchfield after his death in 1882.

His home was near South Canton, Massachusetts where he had a trout stream on his homestead."

The original pattern was described:
    Body:   Lower half silver twist; upper half black ostrich herl ribber with silver twist.

    Wing:   Mixed teal and yellow feather and a little scarlet ibis and red macaw [married].

    Legs:   Yellow (dyed) furnace hackle wound over upper half of body.

    Tag:  Orange silk floss ribbed with silver twist.

    Tail:  Golden pheasant topping with a few fibers of English blue jay.

    Head:  Black ostrich herl.

"He was the author of Fish, Their Habits and Haunts and Method of Catching Them, 1883, which was printed after his death.

The site, Camp Prouty on Grand Lake, Maine, is named after Mr. Prouty."

The New Lake fly was also his. It had a silver body, yellow hackle, brown wings, and a red tail.

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

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