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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 . .

Part Fifty-eight

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas One and All

By Old Rupe

It's another full house this year. Everyone is invited and it looks like most will come. Since everyone will bring the family dog, doggie treats will be a major menu item again this year. We have turkey Christmas eve and ham and goose for dinner Christmas day. We serve the ham with a special cherry sauce that has been served traditionally at family gatherings in our family for fifty years or so. Christmas breakfast is ham, eggs, and French toast with real maple syrup. I don't look forward to gifts I just anticipate the food. It's a menu that's been set in stone for the last 15 years. We all like it. Sorry I almost forgot the deviled eggs and real dressing. I think most of my family were born with a knife and fork in their hands.

Christmas eve we light a candle for those that are no longer with us. In this small way they are present.

My family is rather religious, but on this day we pray at home. Each in his own way with a true remembrance of why we celebrate Christmas. This is the day that we celebrate the birth of Christ and give thanks for the place of family in the church. We also pray that the spirit of Christmas will continue. The nicest day of the year.

Christmas Eve we light the yule log. Actually it's a series of smaller logs that we try to keep going until the day after Christmas. It wouldn't be the same with out the wood fire. This year my son will be the keeper of the fire. It's a nice tradition. There's nothing like sitting in front of a wood fire with the family.

We pass a few small gifts out Christmas morning and spend most of the day watching football, preparing food, and just talking. It's our family day. The women socialize and prepare food and the men watch football. At least we are out of their way. We tried helping with the food one year and were permanently banned from the kitchen.

I try to steal away about 3 p.m. and tie a fly or two and sometimes I send a greeting on e-mail or ICQ, but I generally like to spend the hour or two by myself.

I usually look at world events on my computer and try to find some evidence of peace on earth. This year I pray I may.

This is how we celebrate a special day in our lives. While each of us will celebrate it differently let's at least together pray for peace on earth and charity for all.

We wish everyone well and hope that the season finds all in good health, and hope the spirit of the season will carry over into the following year.

My family and I wish you and yours the best as we start the new millennium. Maybe in this one we will have peace on earth.

May God bless you. ~ Old Rupe

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