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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?

Rock Worm

Rock Worm

Compiled By James Birkholm

"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 9485 model.

    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."

For more about Franz Pott and woven hackle flies, see Woven Hackle Flies. ~ JC

Credits: The quoted text and photograph from Trout Country Flies, by Bruce Staples, published by Frank Amato Publications.

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