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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?


Green Ghost



Compiled by Deanna Birkholm


Bert Quimby, of South Windham, Maine, also has a ghost series, which include the Green Ghost, Silver Ghost, Red Ghost and Galloping Ghost. The Green Ghost is tied:

    Body - orange silk floss.

    Ribbing - silver tinsel.

    Wing - green hackle feather (4 or 6), above hook, below hook sparse white bucktail, 6 or 8 strands of peacock herl.

    Eye - jungle-cock.

    Shoulder - silver pheasant breast feather.

The Galloping Ghost is tied:

    Body - orange silk floss ribbed with silver tinsel.

    Tail - red quill feather.

    Wing - Bali.

    Hackle - Orange.

    Shoulder - jungle-cock eye.

Quimby's Kennebago Special is named after Kinnebago Lake where Quimby once lived.

Credits: Text from Fly Patterns and Their Origins, By Harold Hinsdill Smedley, photo from Forgotten Flies.

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