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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?


Compiled by Eric Austin
Fly tied by Eric Austin

Mary Orvis Marbury writes touchingly of this Bass fly's creation in Favorite Flies and Their Histories:
"The Tipperlinn. A long time ago, in the first of our fly-making, a dear friend was often beside the fly-table, embroidery in hand or reading aloud, while we busied ourselves with the flies. Much of her time had been spent in Scotland, and a house where many of her happiest days had been passed was called Tipperlinn. One day, as we were busy together, she said suddenly, "Now make a fly unlike anything you ever have made before, for I have a name I want to give it." The fly was made, and she called it Tipperlinn. Memory often brings visions of Mattie Williamson's bright face, winning manners, and gracious intelligence, and we cannot yet feel reconciled that she could not have been spared longer to us, she was so talented and so lovely, and loved and needed by so many."

The Tipperlinn Recipe:

    Thread:   Black.

    Tag:   Red floss.

    Tail:   Yellow, scarlet and metallic black cock tail feather.

    Butt:   Black Ostrich Herl.

    Body:   White floss.

    Ribbing:   Red floss.

    Hackle:   Black.

    Wing:   Guinea Feathers.

~ EA

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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