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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
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Part Two hundred-sixteen
Shushan Postmaster Bucktail
Compiled By James Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
"This bucktail was originated by Lew Oatman, of Shushan,
New York, about 1953, and named for the postmaster of the
town, who was one of Lew's favorite fishing companions on
the Battenkill river, which flows from Vermont into New
The pattern is: (As dressed by the originator)
Quoted section from Streamer FlyTying & Fishing
by Joseph D. Bates, Jr., published by Stackpole Books,
Color photo and recipe from Forgotten Flies,
published by The Complete Sportsman. We appreciate use permission!
Hook: Size 6 to 10, 6X long.
Tail: A very small secton of a brown mottled
turkey feather, as long as the gap of the hook.
Body: Wound with light yellow floss, slightly
Ribbing: Flat gold tinsel.
Throat: A few fibers from a duck wing quill,
dyed red and as long as the tail.
Wing: A small bunch of fox squirrel tail hair,
extending to the end of the tail.
Cheek: Jungle cock, small and short.
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