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 Eric Austin
Fly tied by Eric Austin
Archive of Old Flies
The Jenny Lind was designed by Mrs. O'Connell
of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the 1850s, and named
for the famous soprano, Jenny Lind. This fly
was tied on the heels of the Swedish Nightingale's
triumphant tour of America, promoted by P.T. Barnum.
Jenny Lind's operatic performances caused such a
stir that streets, schools, dams, entire towns,
and yes, a fishing fly, were named for her.
Here is the pattern for the Jenny Lind:
Note: There are versions of this fly that use
light blue quill in place of the lavender, and
furnace hackle for the throat. I very much feel
that the lavender and scarlet are much more
appropriate for the "ruby throated" soprano.
Ray Bergman has this fly as the "Jennie Lind,"
but spelling aside, this is his version shown here.
~ Eric Austin
Credits: Steel engraving of Jenny Lind by W.C. Wrankmore,
courtesy of the New York Public Library
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