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?
By Bruce Staples
Archive of Old Flies
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.
~ Bruce Staples
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.
Credits: Trout Country Flies by
Bruce Staples. Published by Frank Amato Publications.
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