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 seventy-three
By Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
This is not an 'Old Fly' but a new one tied in the manner of Carrie
Stevens for Rangely streamers.
The fly was created and tied by Gerald E. Wolfe (Chatroom Host R.W.).
Following is his letter which came with the fly. The recipe follows.
"This is the final version of the streamer fly I've been working on for
over a year. I've renamed it several times and finally came up with
Sebago Gamefisher. Sebago is the lake where we fish and gamefisher
seemed appropriate since most of the hair and feathers came from
game I've hunted in the Sebago Region.
My son and I caught a good number of landlocked salmon on some of the
prototypes last year, before I tied this final version. Althought it
was originally meant to be a 'presentation' type fly it turned out
to be a good fish catcher. The Gamefisher was designed to be a
trolling fly in the Maine tradition of streamers, but in smaller
sizes it would be a good fly for night fishing big brown trout.
The streamer includes the hair and feathers from the four types of
game common to most hunters in North America: squirrel - upland
game, pheasant - upland birds, wood duck and teal - waterfowl and
deer hair - big game. The subdued browns and grays blend very well
with each other despite the variety of birds and animals. I think it
is an attractive streamer and I'm kind of proud of it."
Created and tied by Gerald Wolfe
Hook: Partridge, Size 2, 10XL Carrie Stevens Streamer Hook.
"The wings are usually prepared before attaching to the fly in the
Carrie Stevens style of tying Rangley streamers. The feathers
comprising each half of the wing, shoulder and cheek are glued
together making two separate units to tie to the hook. This
makes a much neater wing." ~ G.E. Wolfe (RW)
Tag: Flat silver tinsel.
Tail: Tip of teal flank feather.
Body: Orange Silk.
Ribbing: Flat gold tinsel.
Belly: White bucktail, length of hook.
Throat: Gray squirrel tail, 2/3 length of hook.
Wing: Gray saddle hackle, two hackles per side.
Shoulder: Barred wood duck flank feather.
Cheek: Small guinea flank feather over which is the
barred tip of a pheasant breast feather, over which is a jungle cock nail.
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