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 Deanna Lee Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
This fancy fly, of silver body,yellow hackle and a white
wing with jungle cock, is named for Dr. Edgar Burke, of
Jersey City Medical Center, in Jersey City, N.J. Dr.
Burke was the author of a brochure entitled, American
Dry Flies and How To Tie Them. His paintings of flies
are recognized everywhere as the finest and most beautiful.
A most complete set is found in Ray Bergman's book,
Quoting Fly Patterns and Their Origins,
"The Doctor says:
"It seems to me to be true that the better the angler
the more he appreciates the brown trout. Brook trout
are the fish for the casual angler; the brown trout is
for the expert angler." Concerning flies the Doctor has
states: "I need but two, the wet Quill Gordon for the first
two weeks of the season and the dry Hendrickson for the rest
His fly "was a deliberately 'studied out' creation intended
for dusk fishing in the Kennebago watershed in extreme
Northwestern Maine. It is composed of elements that will
retain their flas and glitter as long as there is a vestige
of light in the sky."
Recipe Dr. Burke
Credits: Text from Fly Patterns and Their Origins by
Harold Hinsdill Smedley, recipe and color photo from
Forgotten Flies published by Complete
Tail: Peacock sword.
Body: Flat, silver tinsel.
Rib: Silver tinsel.
Wing: White - also jungle cock eye.
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