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
Of all the patterns in Selective Trout
by Doug Swisher and Carl Richards, [I still have my
original copy, signed by Carl Richards] this type had the
biggest impack in Trout Country. [Rocky Mountain states.]
Mayfly dun imitations tied without hackles have been
created for centuries, abut none are as elegant as
this. It can be tied to simulate mayfly duns of any
size and color. Rene Harrop developed the proper
wing set for this pattern. His modification, the
Double-Wing Sidewinder, has a double set of duck quill
segments for each wing.
Credits: Trout Country Flies
by Bruce Staples, published by Frank Amato Publications. ~ JC
Originators: Doug Swisher and Carl Richards, 1960s,
tied by Rene Harrop.
Hook: Mustad 94840, or equivalent, size 12-24.
Thread: Color matching natural insect, 6/0 or 8/0.
Tail: Stiff hackle fibers or mink tail guard hair.
Wing: Dark gray duck quill segments.
Body: Dubbed from fur blend to match color of natural.
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