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
"Originated by Franz Pott, this was an
immensely popular pattern in Montana for
decades. Thus it has many variations. The
Wombachers had a version, and a version for
whitefish appears in J. Edson Leonard's
Flies. According to George
Grant in Montana Trout Flies,
it was one of the original mite patterns, and
in it Pott retained the Rock Worm body
construction. The construction Grant gives
includes the discontinued Mustad 9485 hook, a
yellow belly stripe and use of woven black
hair hackle. This construction is different
than the Maggot displayed at the Butte, Montana
Originator Franz Pott, 1930s.
Credits: From Trout Country Flies,
From Greater Yellowstone Area Masters by
Bruce Staples, published by Frank Amato Publications.
Hook: Mustad 3906B, or equivalent, size 8-14.
Thread: Black 6/0.
Body: White ox hair.
Wing: Woven reddish brown horse hair.
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