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-six
Compiled by Deanna Lee Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
A recent post on our Bulletin Board mentioned the passing of
Dick Surette. We have shown several flies in this section
from Trout and Salmon Fly Index by Dick Surette,
he was also the author of Trout and Salmon Flies: A Guide.
In his honor, we offer the following fly, from Trout and
Salmon Fly Index.
This original pattern by Dick Surette was entered as his choice
of flies in the Open category in the 1975 International Fly Tyer's
Competition sponsored by the United Fly Tyers of Boston, Mass.
According to the book, "The choice of materials was made with
the intention that most flies should be simple in basic construction
and made with available materials. By using the copper wire as
an intregal part of the fly we gain the copper color, which is most
effective and we also gain a segment effect with the spiral wrapping
of the wire on the outside of the abdomen."
As dressed by Dick Surette
Credits: Information and photo from
Trout and Salmon Fly Index, by Dick Surette,
published by Stackpole Books.
Hook: Mustad #38941 or #9672, size 4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
Thread: Brown monocord or brown pre-waxed nylon.
Tail: Cock pheasant barbules.
Body: Wrap abdomen with one layer of #30 copper wire (the
type used for rewiring electrical motors), wrap thorax with two layers
of same. Then wrap thorax with orange floss or silk, shape to basic
nymph shape to size of hook. Wrap abdomen with single wrapping of
Ribbing: Peacock herl with fine overlay of fine gold oval
tinsel. This will give added strength to the peacock herl.
Legs: Brown hackle, trimmed top and bottom.
Covert: Cock pheasant [wing case].
Thorax: Peacock herl, tied full.
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