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 Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
The tradition of Montana woven nymph patterns is the
West's best example of fly tying technique that began
in isolation. Potts woven patterns were first to be
marketed through the region, but patterns from other
practitioners soon followed. Among the most enduring
are those from the Wombacher family. Uniquely woven
Wombacher nymph patterns have been tied and distributed
for seven decades.
Beginning as locally popular patterms they have expanded
to nationwide use. This pattern is named for a Wombacher
Credits: Photos and text from Trout Country
Flies, by Bruce Staples, Published by Frank
Orginator: Henry and Genevieve Wombacher, 1940s,
tied by Elva Hartwig.
Hook: Mustad 3906, or equivalent, size 6 - 14.
Thread: Black 6/0.
Body: Black nymph weave of sandy cow's tail over
orange embroidery cottton.
Hackle: Blond bear hair. ~ DLB
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