Welcome to Just Old Flies

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-nineteen



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

According to Dick Talleur, "The invention of the Irresistible is credited to the great Joe Messinger, Sr., of Messinger Frog fame. The story goes that outdoor writer Ken Lockwood named the pattern. Upon being given a sample by the elder Messinger, Lockwood remarked that it looked "Irresistible."

The pattern is:
    Hook:   Dry Fly, sizes 10-14.

    Tail:   Dark Deer body hair, (I used moose here).

    Body:  Deer Hair, spun and trimmed.

    Hackle:   Rusty Dun.

    Wing:   Dark Deer body hair.
    ~ Thomas C. Duncan, Sr.

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