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 Birkholm
Fly tied by Eric Austin
Archive of Old Flies
This fly of Henry P. Wells, 1842 - 1904, by his
admission, is "his own child." This fly, "born"
about 1878, was named after Parmacheene Lake, in
the Pine Tree State, Maine, favorite fishing locale
of Mr. Wells when fishing for ouananiche. The lake
was named after Parmacheene, son of Indian chief
Henry P. Wells, born in Providence, R.I. served
in the Army 1863-65, 13th N.Y. Artillery; and was
admitted to the New York Bar in 1869.
He wrote Fly Rods and Fly Tackle,
the most authoritatve book of its kind up to that
time 1885, and still good. He also wrote
American Salmon Fishing, 1886. Wells was
president of the National Rod and Reel Association
He was one of the first to advocate steel for
rods, an idea carried by Everett Horton, who
patented a steel rod on March 8, 1887.
The Parmacheene was supposed to imitate the fin
of a trout.
There is no practical difference between this
fly and the Gold Ibis.
Here is the pattern for the Parmacheene Belle:
Credits: Text and recipe from Fly Patterns
and Their Origins by Harold Hinsdill Smedley.
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