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?
Compiled By James Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
"This was the original Pott pattern as defined in a 1925
patent. The first body types were of woven ox hair and
extremely durable, but they were tedious to tie. Thus versions
with twisted floss or yarn bodies were commercially more
feasible. These were offered in several colors. Rock
Worm patterns simulated cased caddis larva which trout eat,
case and all. According to George Grant in Montana
Trout Flies, Pott tied the Maggot in the same
manner. The Mustad 3906 resembles the discontinued
For more about Franz Pott and woven hackle flies, see
Woven Hackle Flies.
Originator: Franz Pott, 1920s.
Hook: Mustad 9485, or equivalent, size 6-14.
Thread: Black 6/0.
Body: Twisted floss or wool, color matching natural.
Hackle: Woven badger hair."
Credits: The quoted text and photograph from Trout Country
Flies, by Bruce Staples, published by Frank Amato Publications.
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