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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 fifty-seven

Jock Scott

Jock Scott

Compiled By Deanna Birkholm
Fly dressed by Thomas C. Duncan Sr. (pastortd)

"The most famous of all salmon flies, created in 1845 by Jock Scott, (born in 1817 at Brankholme) who, for twenty five years, served as Fisherman to Lord John Scott of Kirkbank on Tweed. A successful fly, not only in Scotland but also in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in Canada, in Spain, Iceland, Finland and Norway." [Another version is the fly was originated by Lord John Scott's water baliff.]

"Indeed it was on a voyage to Norway that the first Jock Scott was tied. Sir Edward Grey, in Fly Fishing, said of the Jock Scott, "the best all round fly, excellent for all seasons, weathers and waters in Great Britain, and to be used of all sizes. I believe the Jock Scott to be the best blend of colour that has ever been invented for a salmon fly." High praise indeed."

Jock Scott

    Hook: Mustad #36890 or #3582C, sizes 5/0, 4/0, 3/0, 2/0,1/0, 2-4-6-8-10. [Shown tied on an antique (100 yr. old) John James & Sons hook.]

    Thread: Black silk.

    Tail: Gold pheasant crest long, silver pheasant short.

    Tag: Silver tinsel.

    Tip: Yellow floss.

    Butt: Black ostrich herl.

    Body: Rear, yellow floss, front, black floss.

    Ribbing: Silver tinsel.

    Center Joint: Black ostrich herl.

    Hackle: Guinea.

    Wing: White tipped turkey for inner wing, outerwing is married gold pheasant tail, red, blue, and yellow strips of swan. Brown mallard, yellow and teal at top.

    Cheeks: Chatter.

    Shoulders: Jungle cock.

    Topping: Peacock sword and gold pheasant crest.


Credits: Text from: www.graysofkilsyth.com. Dressing from Dick Surett's Trout and Salmon Fly Index, Published by Stackpole Books.

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