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 sixty-one
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
The creator of this early Maine streamer, Herbie L. "Herbie"
Welch was legendary as a Maine guide, and known nationally
as a taxidermist, artist and fly caster. In the early 1900's,
according to Streamer Fly Tying & Fishing by
Joseph D. Bates, Jr, "Herbie was inspired by a 6/0 Silver
Doctor salmon fly brought to him from England . . . He
began to apply multicolored feathers to reforged hooks in
an effort to imitate a smelt. From his shop at Haines
Landing at Lake Mooselookmeguntic, he created some of the
most elaborate streamers of the era."
Mr. Welch is recorded as living in Oquossoc, Maine. The
fly was named for Kennabago Stream, a famous trout and
landlocked salmon water in the Rangeley section of the
state of Maine.
as dressed by the originator
Tail: A small bunch of orange hackle fibers.
Butt: Made in three parts, which take up one-third of body.
Rear quarter of butt is peacock herl, middle half is pale blue silk,
and forward quarter is peacock herl.
Body: Medium flat gold tinsel.
Ribbing: Medium oval silver tinsel, over gold only.
Throat: A small bunch of orange hackle fibers.
Wing: Two dark red saddle hackles with a golden badger
saddle hackle on each side.
Cheeks: Jungle cock.
Credits: Dressing, fly photo and quoted text from
Streamer Fly Tying & Fishing by Joseph D. Bates, Jr,
published by Stackpole Books.
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