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 Matador tied by Marvin Nolte of Bar Nunn, Wyoming
is a fine example of flies used for bass in the 1800s.
In her book, Favorite Flies and Their Histories,
1892, (1988), Mary Orvis Mayberry wrote,
"This fly was designed by Mr. William J. Cassard, of
New York City and later named by C.F. Orvis the
Matador; i.e., the killer. Its gay, rich dress reminds
one of the picturesque matador of the Spanish bull-fights,
who is also the triumphant killer. Mr. Cassard has also
invented two similar patterns that are excellent bass flies,
which he calls the Romany Rye and Romany Ree, both having
wings of the black barred wood duck, like those of the
Although only a few pages relate to bass, Paul
Schuller's American Fly Fishing: A History
1987, is another interesting reference book.
Credits: Text from and color photo from
Hot Bass Fies by
Deke Meyer published by Frank Amato Publications.
Hook: Blind eye salmon, snelled silkworm gut leader.
Tip: Fine silver round tinsel.
Tag: Red Floss.
Butt: Peacock herl.
Tail: Married swan or goose, red over yellow over black.
Body: Flat, silver tinsel.
Wing: Barred woodduck flank feather.
Head: Red wood.
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