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 Two hundred-five
Compiled by James Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
"Dame Juliana Berners recommended for July "The Waspe
flye, the body of blacke wull lappid abowte with yelow threde,
the wings of the boswarde." Ever since that far-away time
anglers have continued to use imitations of wasps, and although
it is maintained by some fishermen that trout will not notice
the natural insect, the imitation appears effective..."
Credits: 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.
Butt: Orange Floss.
Body: Alternating black and tan chenille.
Wing: Mottled brown turkey, black goose over top.
Head: Red wool.
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