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 twenty-four
Compiled By Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
We don't often think of saltwater flies when talking about
'old flies' - but there were pioneers in tying special
patterns for the salt too.
The Needlefish shown here, is part of a series of flies
now known as the Giant Killers. The originator of these
flies was Bill Catherwood. His vision and innovation
is an integral part of saltwater flyfishing history.
Developed in the 1950's, his oversized baitfish imitations
are an extraordinary combination of blended marabou, hackle,
and hair which have influenced an entire generation of
saltwater fly dressers.
The pattern is:
Credits: Photo and information from Streamer
FlyTying & Fishing by Joseph D. Bates, Jr., published
by Stackpole Books.
Underwing: White, blue dun, and green marabou.
Wing: Eight light olive gray and two very light
blue saddle hackles.
Eyes: Amber and black.
Head (nose): Green.
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