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
"This patterm bring together three famous names
in western fly fishing: the Mormon Girl pattern,
Bob Carmichael and Roy Donnelly. All coverged
in Jackson Hole to create this beauty. Donnelly,
employed by Carmichael, gained reknown for several
patterns. Jack Dennis remembers his grandfather
using this pattern and Carmichael credits it as
one of his most popular patterns in a note published
in J. Edson Leonards Flies. It
popularity however, has waned because of streamers
tied with new materials. It fishes as effectively
as newer matters.
Recipe Mormon Girl
Originator: Roy Donnelly, 1940s.
Credits: From Trout Country Flies,
From Greater Yellowstone Area Masters by
Bruce Staples, published by Frank Amato Publications.
Hook: Mustad 9672, or equivalent, size 4-10.
Thread: Black 6/0.
Tail: Golden pheasant tippet fibers.
Rib: Embossed flat gold tinsel.
Rear Body: Red floss.
Front Body: Yellow chenille.
Hackle: Soft grizzly hackle.
Wing: Badger guard hairs."
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