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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 One hundred-ten

Warden's Worry

Warden's Worry

Compiled and Tied By Thomas C. Duncan, Sr.
Photo by James Birkholm

"The fly was originated about 1930 by Warden Supervisor Joseph S. Stickney of Saco, Maine, from whose title it took its name. It is a a favorite for trout, landlocked salmon, and many other game fish in all sections of the US."

The original pattern was described:
    Hook:  Streamer, 3X to 6X long, size 4 to 12.

    Thread:  Black.

    Tail:  A narrow section of a red duck or goose wing feather.

    Body:   Orange-yellow spun fur or wool.

    Ribbing:   Oval gold tinsel.

    Throat:   Yellow hackle, wound as a collar.

    Wing:   Light brown bucktail.

Quoted section and tying recipe from Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing, by Joseph D. Bates, Jr.

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