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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?


Teton Beauty

By Bruce Staples


Little is known about the origin of this pattern tied in the manner of classic wet flies. In Ray Bergmans's Trout, it appears in a wet fly color plate, and Berman gives its construction. J. Edson Leonard also gives its construction in Flies. Neither author, nor Keith Perrault, who also gives its construction in Perrault's Stand Dictionary of Fishing Flies, provide information on its origin. Its name, however, provides a clue for its inspriation.

Teton Beauty:

    Hook: Mustad 3906, or equivalent, size 6-14.

    Thread: Black 6/0.

    Tail: Brown hackle fibers.

    Tip: Flat gold tinsel.

    Rib: Flat gold tinsel.

    Body: Yellow floss.

    Wing: Gray mallard quill sections.

    Shoulder: Jungle cock eye.

~ Bruce Staples

Credits: Trout Country Flies by Bruce Staples. Published by Frank Amato Publications.

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