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 is another pattern obscured by the passage of time.
Todd Collins, of Bute, Montana owns an example carded
by Wilbur Beaty in the manner common from the 1920s to the
1950s. The example incorporates a snelled hook, as did
most wet patterns of that era, and a Trude-style wing.
Beaty, operating out of his shop The Bug House in Butte,
was one of Montana's top fly fishing retailers. Most of
the flies he offered were his own creations. Little record
remains of how many patterns he created."
For instruction on tying the Sandy Mite, see
Woven Hackle Flies.
Originator: Wilbur Beaty, 1930s.
Hook: Mustad 9671, or equivalent, size 4-10.
Thread: Red 6/0.
Body: Woven by sandy mite weave of gray floss over orange
Wing: Trude-style gray squirrel tail."
Credits: The quoted text and photograph from Trout Country
Flies, by Bruce Staples, published by Frank Amato Publications.
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