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
I have a soft spot in my heart for this fly,
as it was created just a few miles from the
home where I grew up in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
There is a bit of North Country philosophy
in this excerpt from Mary Orvis Marbury:
"The Romeyn was made by Dr. Ely, and named
after Dr. J. R. Romeyn, of Keeseville, N.Y.
Originally the fly had no red tip, but this
improvement is a suggestion of Dr. Romeyn's
that adds much to the beauty of the fly. Dr.
Romeyn has fished in the Adirondacks for over
thirty years, and is noted as a lover of the
woods and a generous friend to all who, as
Walton described them, "hate contentions, and
love quietnesse and virtue and Angling!""
The Romeyn Recipe:
Tip: Red Floss.
Tail: Barred Wood Duck.
Body: Green floss.
Ribbing: Gold Tinsel.
Wing: Barred Wood Duck.
Credits: Text from Favorite Flies and
Their Histories by Mary Orvis Marbury.
Fly tied by Eric Austin. Color photo by James Birkholm.
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