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 . .
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
"Joseph S. Stickney, Director of Wildlife Research of the Department of
Inland Fisheries and Game of the State of Maine, former Warden Supervisor
of Maine, who resides at Seco, where his wife practices Medicine, created
the Supervisor. [Named after his former profession] The "Lady Doctor,"
named after his wife's profession, and the "Warden's Worry" are also
The Supervisor was tied in imitation of a smelt - but Joseph was not a tier. Most
of his flies were actually tied by Carrie Stevens, who adapted the fly and called it
the Lake Supervisor. In researching this fly I found no less than 6 variations,
all called by the same name.
- Body: Silver ribbed with silver oval wire.
- Tail: Red wool.
- Wing: White bucktail topped with two light blue
and two olive hackle feathers (olive outside). Sometimes tied with jungle-cock
shoulders and red hackle throat."
Quoted section from Fly Patterns and Their
Origins, published by Westshore Publications,
Color photo from Forgotten Flies. We appreciate use permission!
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