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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-six



Compiled by Deanna Birkholm

"This dry fly is of Nova Scotia origin by a group of angling brother, the MacIntosh brothers, of Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia. These brothers were good guides who also were good anglers who tied flies in the winter; this fly was born about 1940. This fly is slightly different from the usual dry fly in structure and appearance, but it is a good floating fly that has taken many fish. Today many of the western style flies have its basic shape and characteristics. Now termed a down-wing hair dry fly."


    Hook:   Wilson dry fly or Mustad #79580, sizes 2-4-6-8-10.

    Tail:   Fox squirrel, full and bushy.

    Body:   None.

    Wing:   None.

    Hackle:   Dark ginger or light red brown.

    Thread:   Black silk.

Credits: Quoted text, recipe and photo, from Dick Surette's Trout and Salmon Fly Index published by Stackpole Books. ~ DLB

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