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 seventy
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
This is a fly familiar to many because of it's use on various
fly catalogs and fly-shop logos and names over the years. The actual
origin seems hard to find. (If you have it, I'd be glad to include
it here.) This fly is also known as the Red Ibis. There is a whole
series of 'Ibis' flies, all appeared at the turn of the 1900s,
the victorian era. Each was tied in part from feathers of the
various Ibis birds. The White Ibis
was the second most popular fly of the group.
This is the pattern, tied by Don Bastian.
Tag: Gold tinsel.
Body: Scarlet floss.
Ribbing: Gold tinsel.
Here is a very wet variation of the Scarlet Ibis, which is
credited to Mary Orvis Marbury, and tied by Paul Rossman:
Credits: Information and photos from Forgotten Flies,
we appreciate use permission. ~ DLB
Tag: Fine oval gold tinsel and pale green floss.
Tail: White and scarlet fibers.
Butt: Black ostrich herl.
Body: Red mohair.
Ribbing: Silver tinsel.
Wing: Scarlet Ibis.
Hackle: Scarlet Ibis.
Head: Red mohair.
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