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
Tie shown is Ray Bergman variation
Archive of Old Flies
Louis S. Darling, creator of this fly, was a well-known
American fisherman in the early 1900s.
He was a member of the Angler's Club of New York as
early as 1906. He participated in numereous casting
competitions with creditable showings. In 1916, he
was National Dry Fly Casting Champion.
The Catskill combines the outstanding features of the
Cahill and the Oak Fly, the wings of the former and
the body of the later. Mr. Darling affirmed that, " ood
duck wings and orange body will take trout anywhere."
The Catskill is tied:
Credits: Text from Fly Patterns and Their Origins
by Harold Hinsdill Smedley, color photo from
Forgotten Flies published by
Tail: Mallard breast dyed orange or
golden pheasant tippet.
Body: Orange, with gold rib.
Wing: Lemon wood duck or mallard breast
Hackle: Brown or light brown.
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