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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?

Michigan Caddis

Michigan Caddis
By James Birkholm

This fly is used for steelhead or salmon - it is not the popular Hex.

Materials Michigan Caddis

    Natural: Ephemera simulans, subimago or dun.

    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.

Credit: From Forgotten Flies.

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