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
I suppose progress is a good thing. But when it leaves
a complete section of something in the past, in this
case the 'art' of fishing advertising, it is too bad.
For many years the covers of magazines and the graphics
inside promoting the wonderful goods and services offered
were produced by commercial artists. Often the people
depicted were more a stereotype than real. The ads had
real hype, the smiles too big, the fish even bigger.
We now have lost all of that. Our modern society seems to
demand real people, real fish and real pictures, though
often 'computer enhanced.' This week I am offering you a
chance to go to a second page and, hoping you have a color
printer, print out one of those famous works of art from
the past. Print it out, frame it, hang it with pride.
These are the things which inspired those who have brought
us to where we are today. Wherever that is.
If you would like to print this out in a large size,
This is a large graphic, give it time to load!
Credits: The artwork is from Classic Fishing Lures
and Tackle, by Eric L. Sorenson and Howard Lambert,
published by Voyageur Press.
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