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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?

Horse Hair Caddis

Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Fly tied by Dave Brackett

"Snook Moore was a mountain man. Affable and knowledgeable, he hosted sportsmen from his isolated ranch between Wyoming's Gros Ventre and Wind River mountains. He aided local coldwater fisheries by "mule canning" fingerlings into mountain lakes. He guided anglers to these lakes when fingerlings reached trophy size. One produced a Wyoming record cutthroat. This pattern is typical of Snook's creations from materials around his ranch. It's easy imagining him, twenty miles from the nearest road, bent over a lamp converting horse, elk, deer and goat hairs into a fly supply for the next season while outside winter blusters away."

Here is the pattern for the Horse Hair Caddis:

    Orginator: Snook Moore, 1950s.

    Hook: Mustad 94840, or equivalent, size 12-16.

    Thread: Black 6/0.

    Body: Alternating dark and light horse tail hairs.

    Wing: Dark elk hair.

    Antennae: Optional black brush bristles.


Credits: Text and recipe from Trout Country Flies by Bruce Staples, published by Frank Amato Publications.

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