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 thirty-four
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
"About 1905 Alonzo Stickney Bacon, of Boston, conceived the idea of
utilizing the tail feathers of a barnyard cock as a lure for ouananicke."
"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."
as tied by Marceko Morales
Credits: Quoted text, from Fly Patterns and Their Origins
by Harold Hinsdill Smedly, published by Westshore Publications. Color photo and recipe from
We appreciate use permission! ~ DLB
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.
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