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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-eight

Kelly's Killer

Kelly's Killer

Text and Fly Tied By Richard A. Connors (quillg)

Here's a little excerpt from the book Carrie G. Stevens - Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies by Hilyard & Hilyard.

"Carrie never kept a journal of her friendships and her thoughts on them, but she ensured that certain friends and family members would be remembered by naming streamers after them," such as Allie's Favorite and Allie's Delight after friend Alfred French or the Mrs. Duley Special after her younger sister Elizabeth.


"Carrie did not necessarily know all the people after whom she named patterns. Kelley's Killer, Dr. White, and Dr. Gray, may have been named for fishing friends, but who these individuals were is not known."

Recipe for Kelly's Killer

    Tag:   Flat Silver Tinsel

    Body:   Orange Silk Floss.

    Rib:   Flat Silver Tinsel.

    Underbody:   White bucktail.

    Throat:   White Hackle fibers.

    Wing:   Four lavender hackles flanked on each side by one silver badger hackle slightly shorter.

    Shoulder:   One tan tipped Lady Amherst pheasant body feather.

    Cheek:   Jungle Cock. ~ Richard A. Connors

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