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
The Dusty Miller is sometimes, but not often,
called "the Beryl." As the season advances
and the fish begin to seek deeper water, the
gayly dressed flies with bright silver bodies
are found desirable to take the place of the
ever-reliable Jock Scott and other favorites.
Where the water is rough and rapid, or deep,
a large fly should be used, and the Dusty Miller,
Silver Doctor, and Wilkinson are admirable for
Recipe Dusty Miller:
Tag: Fine oval silver tinsel, golden yellow floss.
Tail: Golden pheasant crest and Indian crow sub.
Butt: Black ostrich herl.
Body: Rear 2/3, embossed silver tinsel;
front 1/3 orange floss.
Rib: Oval silver tinsel over all.
Hackle: Golden Olive over the orange floss.
Throat: Speckled Guinea fowl
Wings: White-Tipped turkey underwing;
married teal and barred wood duck; red and
yellow goose; peacock; amherst pheasant tail;
golden pheasant tail; bustard sub; mallard roof.
Sides: Jungle Cock.
Topping: Golden pheasant crest.
Horns: Blue and yellow macaw.
Credits: Text from Favorite Flies and
Their Histories by Mary Orvis Marbury.
Fly and photo by Eric Austin.
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