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
Quoting from Trout Country Flies,
"According to Geroge Frant, Wilbur "Bugs" Beaty produced
this fly for one Doctor Mummy who came seasonably from
Colorado to fish the Madison River. The fly became a western
Montana favorite. The mid-century popularity explosion of
spinning gear in Montana put many streamer patterns into
obscurity, this one included. This popularity, of course,
begs the question how many streamers conceived in Trout
Country have been lost forever.
Originator: Wilbur Beaty, 1930s.
Hook: Partridge Wilson, or equivalent, size 4-10.
Thread: Red 6/0.
Tail: Six golden pheasant tippet fibers.
Tip: Flat gold tinsel.
Tag: Peacock herl.
Rib: Oval gold tinsel.
Body: Black floss.
Hackle: Soft hot orange.
Underwing: Ringneck pheasant tail fibers.
Wing: Barred mallard flank feather.
Cheeks: Jungle cock nail."
Credits: Quoted portions and photo from Trout Country Flies
by Bruce Staples, published by Frank Amato Publications.
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