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 . .
By Old Rupe
Archive of Old Flies
There was a time when a fly-fisherman
set his own limits independent of the world. He would either
fish up or down, wet or dry, not the most productive way, just
his way. He would keep fish or not according to his own conscience.
His act was not influenced much by the outside world. No one
told him the way. He had already established a life style and a code
of ethics that reflected his view of the world and no one ever better
try to tell him what was right and wrong.
My how things have changed. Now every guru that can write
four sentences without spell check expounds on why his limits
are the ones to follow. In fact the modern tendency is not one
of limits but one of production. This method is a better producer
than some other method. Fish counted are more important than
fish enjoyed. It belittles the fisher that only fishes drys or nymphs
because he loves the method. If I wanted production I'd use dynamite.
Few have the courage in the face of pressure and ridicule to say,
"this is how I fish because I enjoy it." We are now part of an
endless line of robots programed to follow our leaders dictates.
Is it any wonder that most "old timers" fish by them selves
preferring to follow their own dictates rather than listen to
unending diatribes by people that espouse principles and
ideas that are at best objectionable.
The term objectionable often times includes the articles, principles,
and speakers. I guess I don't follow many limits decreed by others.
In tying my limits and proportions are my own, and I've been
told I fish to a different drummer.
I tie my parachutes with a higher wing than is "acceptable," my
elk hair caddis with deer hair because I like it, my muddlers like
the original. I fish my drys on a longer leader, and almost always
use an indicator nymph fishing.
I have never regretted dating quality over quantity, drinking good
single malt scotch, even to an excess, fishing fine rods, and
catching more brookies than I should.
When I die I hope someone will say "he lived life according to his
I guess I rode the train in the best seat I could. What a great view
from my seat. ~ Old Rupe
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