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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?

The Firehole

Compiled by Deanna Birkholm

Ray Bergman created this fly during a Firehole River trip. [Yellowstone National Park] He wrote in Trout that it proved successful there in smaller sizes, but he soon observed that it was effective in larger sizes. Bergman gained renown for fly fishing contributions in the East.

He, like other famed eastern fly fishers of the 1930s to 1950s were lured to Montana, Idaho and Wyoming by accounts of that area's salmonid bounty. In Trout, he relates experiences on the Firehole, Henry's Fork, Madison, Snake and Yellowstone rivers with Vint Johnson and Yellowstone Park ranger Scotty Chapman.


    Originator: Ray Bergman, 1930s

    Hook: Mustad 94840, or equivalent, size 10-20.

    Thread: Black 6/0.

    Wing: Upright and divided of woodduck flank fibers.

    Tail: Woodduck flank fibers

    Body: Cream fur dubbing.

    Hackle: One each black and grizzly.

Credits: Trout Country Flies by Bruce Staples, published by Frank Amato Publications. ~ DLB

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