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 James Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
This fly is used for steelhead or salmon - it is not
the popular Hex.
Materials Michigan Caddis
Natural: Ephemera simulans, subimago or dun.
From Forgotten Flies.
Hook: #6, 3x long.
Tail: Few strands of cock pheasant's tail.
Body: Muskrat fur.
Hackle: Brown cock's hackle, tied palmer with
one hackle in front of the wings.
Wing: Grey mallard wing quills, tied at a 45 degree
angle over the back.
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