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 pattern is a major contribution by Pat Barnes to
fly fishing. It was named spontaneously. Once in the
1940s, Pat hosted a group of Texans who couldn't hook trout
on small flies. To solve their problem, Pat used materials
on his tying bench to tie a large dry stonefly pattern.
When one Texan say the result in Pat's hand beside a size
16 fly, de drawled "It's a big as a sofa pillow!" Pat
responded "You named it!" Pat offered Sofa Pillows with red
squirrel tail wing or a gray squirrel tail wing."
Originator: Pat Barnes, 1940s.
Hook: Mustad 9672, or equivalent, size 4-10.
Thread: Black 6/0.
Tail: Dyed red goose quill section.
Body: Red floss.
Wing: Red or gray squirrel tail.
Hackle: Three or four brown saddle hackles."
Credits: The quoted text and photograph from Trout Country
Flies, by Bruce Staples, published by Frank Amato Publications.
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