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
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Part One hundred thirty-nine
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
Several of our readers mentioned the Pass Lake was the first fly
they ever used. I was unable to find a name for the originator, but the
following information seems to indicate the fly migrated from Labrador,
Canada to the U.S.
Quoting Dick Surette's Trout and Salmon FLY INDEX,
"This pattern was supplied by Bruce Raymer of Goose Bay Outfitters
who is fortunate enough to be able to fish for giant brookies and Atlantic
salmon everyday in the Labrador wilderness. The fishing is every bit
as good as you have read about. This is a local pattern used by the
natives in the Eagle River section of Labrabor which is located 150
air miles south east of Goose Bay. As you can see from the photo
the fly is very simple and basic which has become very predominant in today's
dressing of salmon flies. This fly seems to become more effective as it is
used and torn apart. The light pattern will change on the fly with use
and sometimes just a bare, faint resemblance of the actual fly remains.
These are treasures of the angling world."
Pass Lake - Dressing
Credits: Quoted text, recipe and photo from Dick Surette's Trout and
Salmon Fly Index published by Stackpole Books.
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