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 James Castwell
Archive of Old Flies
This is a unique mayfly dun design. Bob Wilson believed
that placing legs on fly patterns give more realism
than wrapping hackle. This concept has been applied
to terrestrials. The same realism idea can be argued
for the use of a post wing. In tests with other dun
patterns, this pattern appeared to produce better results
for Wilson. The colors of the Parks-Wilson can be varied
to simulate those of any mayfly dun.
Credits: Trout Country Flies
by Bruce Staples, published by Frank Amato Publications. ~ JC
Originators: Bob Wilson and Richard Parks, 1970s.
Hook: Mustad 94849, or equivalent, size 10-16.
Thread: Cream 6/0.
Body: Cream body or dubbing.
Wing: Straw colored elk in a post.
Legs: Three sets of knotted hairs or monofilament.
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