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 . . .
Archive of Old Flies
"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:
Quoted section and tying recipe from Streamer Fly Tying and
Fishing, by Joseph D. Bates, Jr.
- 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.
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