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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 ninty-four

Hum-Bird

Hum-Bird

Compiled by Deanna Lee Birkholm


Just when you think you've seen just about everything possible. . . Here's one from the Creek Chub Bait Co., dating the early 1960s.

From Krause Publishing, Old Fishing Lures & Tackle, a very well done book with identification and value guide for collectors (or sellers) just one of thousands of very neat oldies. Quoting from page 401:

"At last! The Fly Fisherman who delights in using Bass Lures on a fly rod has something which is new, unique and best of all practical for use with a Fly Rod.

So many of the hair bodied lures now on the market strain a rod because they are hard to lift from the water and harder still to cast owing to the fact that they carry a heavy weight of water in their hair bodies and wings.

It has remained for Creek Chub to produce this latest innovation in Bass Bugs - a cork bodied insect with a surface covering which looks and feels just like the body of a moth or butterfly. It floats high in the water, making it easy to retrieve without straining the rod. The wings are formed from a soft yet moderately stiff hair and are almost paper thin. Hence, the water drops from them instantly the fly leaves the surface. There is no sodden mass of watersoaked hair to strain the tackle in the lift or cast. The flat rather stiff wings have an aeroplane effect which causes the lure to sail through the air like a live insect. The streamer tail of a few strands of hair adds to its life-like appearance and the hook being almost centrally located places it in the most advantageous position to hook the striking fish.

The Hum-Bird comes in eight popular and effective color combinations as shown below, the price being $0.50 each."

Just in case you can't wait to try and duplicate this one, the color combinations were:
    F-300 Wing: Red, Body: Red, Tail: Red
    F-301 Wing: White, Body: White, Tail: White
    F-302 Wing: Red & Yellow, Body: Yellow, Tail: Yellow (shown above)
    F-303 Wing: Green & White, Body: White, Tail: White
    F-304 Wing: Red & White, Body: Red, Tail: White
    F-305 Wing: Green & Yellow, Body: Green, Tail: Yellow
    F-306 Wing: Black & Yellow, Body: Black, Tail: Black
    F-307 Wing: Black & White, Body: Green, Tail: Black

Credits: Quoted text and color photo from Old Fishing Lures & Tackle, by Carl F. Luckey, published by Krause Publications.

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