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 fourty-five
By John McBride
Archive of Old Flies
This is one of my family's handed-down version of Charles
Cotton's Trout Fly patterns from the 5th edition of the Complete
Angler, using newer materials of course.
Body: Black thin dubbing, and very small.
Wing: One gray duck, or mallard flank over the back like a cape.
The Thorn Tree fly is used in March. The body is as little as can be
made with absolute black dubbing mixed with eight hairs of
Isabella colored mohair. Wings of a bright Mallard's feather.
An admirable fly, and in great repute amongst us as a killer fly.
~ John McBride
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