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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 thirty-four

Morning Glory

Morning Glory

Compiled by Deanna Birkholm


"About 1905 Alonzo Stickney Bacon, of Boston, conceived the idea of utilizing the tail feathers of a barnyard cock as a lure for ouananicke." [land-locked salmon.]

"He tied some with long, white feathers to a fish hook and trailed it through the water of Grand Lake and Stream. The idea was to have a lure to take the place of a strip of port rind, cut in the shape of a minnow, which had been a favorite until the law prohibited fishing there, except with artificial flies.

Mr. Bacon called it the White Feather. Guides who followed the idea termed it the Cock-a-doodle-doo.

Dana Chapman, the Boston fly maker who first tied them commercially, renamed the pattern Morning Glory. A popular version with a tinsel body, white legs and white hackle streamer is known as the Rooster's Regret."

Morning Glory
as tied by Marceko Morales

    Tag:   Flat silver tinsel.

    Body:   Red silk, wrapped thinly.

    Rib:   Flat silver tinsel.

    Throat:   White bucktail, past bend. Under this is a black silver pheasant crest, curving upwards. Under the crest is a bunch of bright blue hackle fibers.

    Wing:   Long black silver pheasant crest, placed atop shank (to replace peacock herl). Over this are four bright yellow saddle hackles.

    Shoulder:   Red body feather from golden pheasant, 1/3 length of wing.

    Cheeks:  Jungle cock.

    Head:   Red thread.

Credits: Quoted text, from Fly Patterns and Their Origins by Harold Hinsdill Smedly, published by Westshore Publications. Color photo and recipe from Forgotten Flies. We appreciate use permission! ~ DLB

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