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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
you. And sometimes what you find here will not always be
about fishing. Perhaps you will enjoy them. Perhaps you
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Part One hundred thirty-eight
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
"A professor of Edinburg University, under the pen name of Christopher North
designed this fly in the early 1800's. His real name was John Wilson, 1785 -
1854. Supposedly the fly came into being the following way: The professor
was out of flies and using a yellow buttercup for a body and a few threads from
a sock, he fashioned a yellow bodies fly that took trout. Later the fly was
refined and a few materials added for effect. The buttercup yellow body is
still with us today 175 years later [at this writing] and still quite a popular
For complete instructions for the Professor, check out
Fly of the Week - The Professor.
Hook: Mustad #3906 sizes 6-8-10-12-14.
Thread: Black silk, monocord or nylon.
Tail: Red hackle barbules.
Body: Buttercut yellow silk floss.
Ribbing: Gold flat tinsel.
Throat: Brown hackle barbules.
Wing: Mallard flank.
Credits: Quoted text and recipe from Dick Surette's Trout and
Salmon Fly Index published by Stackpole Books. Photo from
Forgotten Flies published by Complete Sportsman.
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