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 ninty-eight
Text and Fly Tied By Richard A. Connors (quillg)
Archive of Old Flies
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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