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 fourty
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
Quoting Dick Surette's Trout and Salmon FLY INDEX,
"This pattern was developed and tied by one of the best fly tyers and
anglers in New Hampshire, Nick Lambrou of Manchester, in 1972.
Tied especially to be used for land-locked salmon as a shrimp fly copy
during the early season angling in the Lake Winnipesaukee area. The
fly when tied in various sizes imitates some lake and stream minnows.
Best usage of the fly is with floating line and fine long leaders to coax
fussy and uncooperative land-locks into striking as the fly is
constantly cast and floated over the holding fish.
Variations of the pattern can be gray, black, brown, etc. Keep the
same style palmer hackle and the wing format; change the base colors
only in the fly. When used in rivers, streams, and ponds, it becomes
a good fly for all species of trout.
For some strange reason rainbow trout seem to like this fly style and
dressing. The Olive Heron has also proved itself in the very limited
sea run brown fishery of coastal New England. Give this fly a
good workout; it is a real sleeper."
Pass Lake - Dressing
Credits: Quoted text, recipe and photo from Dick Surette's Trout and
Salmon Fly Index published by Stackpole Books.
Hook: Mustad #9671, sizes 6-8-10-12.
Thread: Olive pre-waxed nylon.
Body: Olive dubbed seal.
Rib: Olive palmered hackle, full.
Wing: Wood duck flank.
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