Welcome to Just Old Flies

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 . .

Part Thirty


By Old Rupe

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 own limits."

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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