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
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
The Tipperlinn Recipe:
Tag: Red floss.
Tail: Yellow, scarlet and metallic black cock tail feather.
Butt: Black Ostrich Herl.
Body: White floss.
Ribbing: Red floss.
Wing: Guinea Feathers.
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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