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-two
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
"This fly was tied originally to represent a small red and black beetle
found in Wales and Scotland. While the actual beetle is limited to this
area, the fly has gained a wide popularity and is tied as follows:"
A coch-y-bondhu hackle is one having a black center or list with red (reddish
brown) or brown outer fibers tipped with black. This hackle is the same as the
"furnace" with the exception of the black outer edge.
- Body: Green peacock herl twisted on a scarlet
silk thread together with black ostrich herl, and wound round the shank of
- Tail: None.
- Hackle: Coch-y-bondhu, or furnace, and if either
of these is not available, use two hackles, a red and a black.
It may be interesting to note in passing, that 'coch-y-bondhu' may be found
spelled about a dozen different ways; however, the spelling here appears to
be the one most commonly used today." 
Quoted section from Fly Patterns and Their
Origins, published by Westshore Publications,
Color photo from Forgotten Flies.
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