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-fourteen
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
"Lorenzo Prouty, of Boston, Massachusetts, was an old-time and respected
angler of Boston, who fished considerably in Grand Lake Stream, Maine, in
He had been employed as a fishing tackle salesman at L.B. Marti's and later
at Bradford & Anthony. He was a member of the fishing tackle firm of
Prouty & Appleton, succeeded by Appleton & Fitchfield after his death
His home was near South Canton, Massachusetts where he had a trout
stream on his homestead."
The original pattern was described:
"He was the author of Fish, Their Habits and Haunts and Method of
Catching Them, 1883, which was printed after his death.
- Body: Lower half silver twist; upper half black ostrich herl
ribber with silver twist.
- Wing: Mixed teal and yellow feather and a little scarlet ibis
and red macaw [married].
- Legs: Yellow (dyed) furnace hackle wound over upper
half of body.
- Tag: Orange silk floss ribbed with silver twist.
- Tail: Golden pheasant topping with a few fibers of
English blue jay.
- Head: Black ostrich herl.
The site, Camp Prouty on Grand Lake, Maine, is named after Mr. Prouty."
The New Lake fly was also his. It had a silver body, yellow hackle, brown wings,
and a red tail.
Quoted section and tying recipe from Fly Patterns and Their Origins
by Harold Hinsdill Smedley., published by Westshore Publications.
Color photo from Forgotten Flies. We appreciate use permission!
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