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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 fourty-four



By Thomas C. Duncan, Sr.

This salmon pattern was originated by George Blacklaws and named after C.H. Akroyd in 1875. It represents a typical 19th century Dee River, (Scotland) type of strip-wing fly. Traditionally fished early or late in the season when rivers are high or cold, it has found a home on North American waters as well. ~ Thomas C. Duncan, Sr.


    Hook: Partridge Bartleet.

    Tag: Flat Silver tinsel.

    Tail: Golden pheasant crest feather with tippet veiling.

    Body: Rear half yellow dubbing, fore half black silk.

    Rib: Oval silver tinsel

    Hackle: Yellow hackle palmered over rear half of body, Heron (substitute) palmered spey-style over fore half.

    Collar: Teal.

    Wing: Cinnamon turkey (substituted here).

    Cheeks: Jungle Cock eyes, set drooping.

    Orginator: George Blacklaws.

    Intended Use: Dee-style fly for Atlantic Salmon.

    Location: Scotland.

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