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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 seventy-seven



Compiled by Deanna Birkholm

It is believed that this pattern was original with, and named after, Major John P. Traherne, of England, author of a chapter on salmon fishing in Pennell's book, Salmon & Trout.

The Captain, Champion, Red Jay, Claret Jay and Dirty Orange are also the Major's patterns.

There is another claim that this fly was named after Major W.D. Turle, of Newton Stacey, England. He died in 1909. He was a pioneer of dry fly fishing and first practiced at Winchester where it originated. He was the originator of the Turle knot, sometimes incorrectly spoken of as the turtle knot. He retired from the British Army after serving in the Indian Mutiny, 1857-8. Being wounded at the Seige of Delhi.

As tied by Ray Bergman

    Head:   Black.

    Tag:   Blue floss; gold tinsel tip.

    Tail:   Golden pheasant tippet.

    Body:   Purple wool.

    Rib:   Gold tinsel.

    Hackle:   Scarlet palmer, blue at shoulder.

    Wing:   Brown turkey, gray mallard.

Credits: Information from Fly Patterns and Their Origins by Harold Hinsdill Smedley. Photo from Forgotten Flies by Paul Schmookler and Ingrid V. Sils.

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