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 . . .
Part One hundred-one
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
"This fly was anmed after Charles Abbey of the famed sporting good and
fishing tackle firm of Abbey and Imbrie, of New York City.
Mr. Abbey, as a young man, was employed in the tackle department of
Andrew Clerke & Co. "purveyors of fine tackle," 1820-1875.
The first split bamboo rods made for the trade by Charles E. Murphy,
of Neward, N.J., were sold in 1863 by Mr. Abbey while so employed."
Charles Hallock in The Fishing Tourist, 1873, wrote
that the Abbey was a good fly for ouananicke, originally native to Lake
St. John and the Saguenay regions of Canada.
Ouananichi is pronounced wah-nah-neesh, with the accent on the first
syllable. The word is of Montagnais Indian derivation meaning "little
The Abbey is described as:
"Abbey and Imbrie succeeded into the business of Andrew
Clerke & Co. in 1875."
- Body: Red Floss.
- Tip: Gold.
- Rib: Gold.
- Tail: Pheasant tail.
- Wings: Mallard wing.
- Hackle: Brown.
Quoted section from Fly Patterns and Their
Origins, published by Westshore Publications,
Color photo from Forgotten Flies. We appreciate use permission!
[ HOME ]
[ Search ]
[ Contact FAOL ]
[ Media Kit ]
FlyAnglersOnline.com © Notice