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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
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Part One hundred-thirty
Joe Brooks Shrimp
Dressed by Jimmie Albright
By Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
Joe Brooks was one of the world's premier fly anglers.
He and his wife Mary, fished New Zealand, Argentina,
Yugoslavia, England, Scotland, British Columbia,
Newfoundland and most places in the world fighting
fish are found. His writing helped popularize
many previously unknown waters. He was the fishing
editor of Outdoor Life magazine, and was
featured on the ABC American Sportsman TV series.
Trout Fishing published in 1972 lists quite a
variety of subject matter for his earlier books:
His best known flies are probably the "Blond" dry fly
series, which were created for rough western US waters.
He was however, an avid saltwater angler!
- Complete Book of Fly Fishing
- Complete Guide to Fishing Across North America
- A World of Fishing
- Saltwater Game Fishing
- Complete Illustrated Guide to Casting
- Bass Bug Fishing
- Saltwater Fly Fishing
- Bermuda Fishing
- Greatest Fishing
He pioneered fly fishing for striped bass, bonefish, permit,
and other saltwater species, and in 1948 took a record
29-pound 6-ounce striper on a popping bug.
This shrimp, created in the late 1940's, was an innovative
fly for bonefish or even tarpon in it's time.
The recipe is: Joe Brooks Shrimp
Credits: pattern and photo from
Streamer FlyTying & Fishing by Joseph
D. Bates, Jr. published by Stackpole Books.
Tail: Two pink saddle tips.
Body: Flat silver tinsel.
Pink saddle hackle palmered
through body and clipped at top (hackle extends
slightly beyond gap width.)
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