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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 Ninety-one

The Belgrade

The Belgrade

By John Mundt

"The only early pattern uncovered thus far with the name "Belgrade" was found in the Dictionary of Trout Patterns, written by Bennett Millard in 1950. In it there is a traditional wet-fly pattern simply titled "Belgrade." The pattern is as follows:

    Body:  Yellow.

    Ribbing:  None.

    Tag:  Herl and gold.

    Tail:  Scarlet and white.

    Hackle:  Claret palmer.

    Wing:   Red and white with jungle cock.

The color plate of the Belgrade Fly shown above was found in Dr. George Parker Holden's Streamcraft: An Angling Manual (1932 edition). It was taken from a W.M. Mills & Son tackle supply catalog with the description, "Extra Quality Maine Trout or Bass Flies." This example was tied on an O'Shaughnessy no 2 hook." ~ John Mundt

This article is part of a delightful story, Gilded Summers in Belgrade, Maine published in the Summer 2000 issue of The American Fly Fisher, which is published and sent to members four times a year by the American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester Vermont. We thank author John Mundt and the AMFF for use permission. ~ LadyFisher

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