Welcome to Just Old Flies

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

From Favorite Flies and Their Histories:
The Adirondack is a fly that has been used for many years in the waters of northern New York, or the Adirondack region; hence its name. In some of the lakes and streams of the wilder portions of the State, better success seems to be attained by using flies of larger size and brighter color than one would select for the more thickly inhabited sections. This fly is valued for such conditions.

Recipe Adirondack:

    Tail: Red and yellow fibers.

    Body: Red floss.

    Rib: Fine oval gold tinsel.

    Wing: Married strips of mottled turkey yellow and red.

    Hackle: Red.

~ EA

Credits: Text from Favorite Flies and Their Histories by Mary Orvis Marbury. Fly and photo by Eric Austin.

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