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 first Quill Gordon was tied by Theodore Gordon, and very few changes
have been made in his original dressing. Whether Iron Fraudator
[currently Epoerus Pluralis] was the natural Mr. Gordon copied,
I do not know, but the fly bearing his name will take fish consistently
when this May fly is on the water."
The pattern is:
Note: When the hackle is tied more heavily and the tail is fashioned
of medium Elk hair, this fly is well-suited to Western waters where it
has been taking Trout for a great many years. A Rusty Dun hackle
is most commonly used to tie the fly.
~ Thomas C. Duncan, Sr.
Hook: No. 12 or 14.
Tail: Few wisps Blue Dun barb or spade hackle.
Body: Quill from Peacock eye, light.
Hackle: Natural Blue Dun, medium.
Wing: Flank feather of Mandarin or Wood Duck.
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