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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 tiers imagination.

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 Birkholm

This fly, forerunner of the Bloody Butcher, Silver Butcher and others, originally went by the name of "Moon's Fly" and was original with Mr. John Jewhurst of Tunbridge, Kent, England. The rechristening dating about 1838, was by William Blacker, author of Catechism of Fly Making, 1843.

Mr. Moon, a skillful angler was a butcher by trade. As this fly was his favorite pattern it came to be called by his trade name, butcher.

The dressing given in Fly Patterns and Their Origins is:
    Body: Silver tinsel.

    Wing: Blue mallard with white tip.

    Hackle: Black.

    Tail: Red ibis.

The fly shown, from Forgotten Flies, (as quite often happens) is not the same dressing. It was tied by Don Bastian. His dressing for the Butcher is:

    Tail: Scarlet.

    Body: Scarlet floss.

    Rib: Yellow silk.

    Hackle: Badger.

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