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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-ten


The Attorney

Compiled by James Birkholm

The fly is one tied by Charlies DeFoe. Quoting Forgetten Flies, "When Charles DeFoe died February 6, 1978, flytying lost of of its greatest souls. Without any doubt, he had been a crucial link in a chain of fly tying events for more than fifty years; without him the hairwing Atlantic salmon fly as well as creative fly tying could still be in their infancy. He was a father figure to many tiers, leaving a permanent mark on each person who watched him tie. The force of his personality set in motion concentric waves in fly-tying, waves that are still expanding and influencing tying in all directions."

    Recipe, The Attorney
    as tied by Charlies DeFoe

    Tag: Oval silver tinsel.

    Tail: Golden Pheasant crest.

    Butt: Peacock herl.

    Body: Rear third, yellow floss, remainder peacock herl.

    Rib: Oval gold tinsel, counter-wrapped.

    Underwing: Single married fibers of brown, red, brown, yellow, brown, red, brown, green, brown, and red goose or swan.

    Wing: Bronze mallard.

    Topping: Golden pheasant crest dyed green; natural golden pheasant crest.

    Throat: Soft black hackle.

    Sides: Jungle cock.

    Cheeks: Yellow streaked lory.

Credits: Color photo and quotes portion from Forgotten Flies published by The Complete Sportsman.

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