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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-nine

Bingham Special

Bingham Special

Compiled by Deanna Lee Birkholm

The originator of this small casting streamer is Bob Bedell of Solon, Maine, one of the old-timer Maine Down East fly tyers. It's small size is especially easy to cast to landlocks, brookies, and rainbows of the Bingham area of Maine.

First used in 1972 with a sinking line and dredging down deep style of fishing for the cold-water species of fish that live in that area. The early season has tough conditions; the fish tend to be logy and down deep and you have to get down to them with sinking lines and flies. This fly is particularly effective in Carry Pond in the Bingham area.

This bait-type fly can be made with materials which are plentiful and easy to use. The state of Maine has to be considered the bucktail/streamer capital of the world. The smelt fly patterns alone would keep you tying for a very long cold winter.

Bingham Special
As tied by Dick Surette

    Hook:  Mustad #9575, sizes 10 - 12.

    Thread:  Black pre-waxed nylon.

    Body:  Flat silver tinsel.

    Throat:  Long as hook, white impali, Peacock herl tied directly under hook.

    Wing:  Underwing of yellow impali, tied length of hook. Topwing - four grizzly saddles, usual streamer style.

    Cheeks:  Brown breast of partridge.

    Eyes:  White with black center, clear lacquer over.

Credits: Information and recipe from Dick Surette's Trout and Salmon Fly Index, photo from Forgotten Flies.

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