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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-four

Wickhams's Fancy

Wickhams's Fancy

By Deanna Birkholm

Dr. C. Wickham, of Winchester, England, is credited with this fly, suggestive of the red spinner, with wings of medium gray slate starling and body of gold tinsel over brown hackle, tied palmer. It is supposed to be particularly good when fish are "smutting."

Sparse Gray Hackle says, "The old superstition that a Wickham's Fancy, slate wings, gold body, brown hackle tied palmer, and a Campbell's Fancy are interchangeable is hooey on the Beaverkill."

The Doctor was at one time owner of part of the Houghton Club water on the Test.

The fly was first dresed at Hammond's shop in Winchester. Mr. Hammond's theory was that the gold under water gave an olive tint.

The Pink Wickham, with wings of pink landrail, was a variation by George Holland, a noted professional fly-tier. ~ LadyFisher

Information from Fly Patterns and Their Origins, published by Westshore Publications. Photo from The Traditional Flyfisher, Thomas C. Duncan Sr.

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