Welcome to Just Old Flies

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 Seventeen


By "Old Rupe"

Everyone has his hero.

My dad was my hero for years and still is, but "Jolting Joe's" death today saddened me like few I've witnessed. I really never followed baseball but my parents bought me a Joe Dimaggio soft ball glove when they really couldn't afford it, It must have been when I was eight years old or so.

It was like an overgrown work glove, not like the modern things, a representation of the times, a leather thing that time forgot, a nasty leather glove that was little better than a bare hand. I have never forgot that glove. Outside of the mechanical tractor I got when I was six years old it was the defining moment of my childhood.

I lived with that glove. It was not only a ball glove it was a tie in with every boys hero "Joe". He never let us down. He never failed a drug test, slugged an umpire, or failed us in a tight spot. He would always come through. If we played hard we might be like "Joe."

Over the years I've had my heros. Some fly fished, some were sports stars, and some were just there for the moment. Joe never failed us. Joe was always there. I never met him but today I know he would be a person I would enjoy spending the day with. A true hero that endured for 50 years or so. A hero independent of his time.

I really believe we need more heros without feet of clay. Just great people with a vision.

We will miss you

"Jolting Joe" where did you go? ~ "Old Rupe"

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