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 eighty-four
Compiled by Deanna Lee Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
The origin of this fly is unknown. A. Courtney Williams suggest
that it could be the same as Cotton's "Bright Brown." One of the
greatest tales about a fly was told about the Fiery Brown in 1845.
The tale is found in Mary Marbury's Favorite Flies,
page 115, and mentioned in John McDonald's Complete Fly
Fisherman, The Notes and Letters of Theodore Gordon
page 221. Michael Rogan, 1822-1905, of Ballyshannon, County Donegal,
Ireland is credited with producing a Fiery Brown with a new and more
brilliant dressing. [Shown here.]
As dressed by Charlie DeFeo
Credits: Information from Fly Patterns and Their Origins,
by Harold Hinsdill Smedley. Photo and recipe from Forgotten Flies,
published by Complete Sportsman.
Tag: Four turns round gold tinsel and gold floss.
Tail: Golden pheasant crest.
Body: Fiery brown seal.
Rib: Fine oval gold tinsel and rust colored hackle.
Throat: Rust colored hackle.
Wing: Bronze mallard.
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