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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 Two hundred-three

Hofland Fancy

Hofland Fancy

Compiled by James Birkholm

Quoting from Favorite Flies and Their Histories by Mary Orvis Marbury, "In the Fly-Fishers' Manual, by T.C. Hofland, published in London in 1839, the author writes as follows regarding the Hofland Fancy: "This fly, from its having been my great favorite for many years, has, by my friends, been named as above, and I am convinced of its excellence as a general fly. I am content to adopt it. Mr. Willingham, formerly of the Strand, sold great numbers of them under this name. I have had sport with it in most parts of England . . .I rarely use any other fly as a stretcher. I have killed trout with this fly at Farmingham when the May fly has been strong on the water, and the fish had refused any other I could offer. It may be used after sunset, in any part of the kingdom, and in any season."

Recipe for the Hofland Fancy

    Tail:   Brown.

    Body:   Dark claret floss.

    Hackle:   Brown.

    Wing:   Bittern light or light turkey.

Credits: Quoted text from Favorite Flies and Their Histories, by Mary Orvis Marbury, published by The Lyons Press. Color photo and recipe from Forgotten Flies published by the Complete Sportsman.

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