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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 tiers imagination.

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 thirty-nine

Pass Lake

Pass Lake

Compiled by Deanna Birkholm

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

    Hook:   Original - #10 or 12 Atlantic salmon double, Shown - TMC 5262, sizes 6 - 10, weighted.

    Thread:   Black silk.

    Tail:   Brown hackle fibers.

    Body:   Black chenille.

    Throat:   Brown hackle.

Credits: Quoted text, recipe and photo from Dick Surette's Trout and Salmon Fly Index published by Stackpole Books. ~ DLB

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