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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 seventy-three

Sebago Gamefisher

Sebago Gamefisher

By Deanna Birkholm

This is not an 'Old Fly' but a new one tied in the manner of Carrie Stevens for Rangely streamers.

The fly was created and tied by Gerald E. Wolfe (Chatroom Host R.W.). Following is his letter which came with the fly. The recipe follows.

Tier G.E. Wolfe
"This is the final version of the streamer fly I've been working on for over a year. I've renamed it several times and finally came up with Sebago Gamefisher. Sebago is the lake where we fish and gamefisher seemed appropriate since most of the hair and feathers came from game I've hunted in the Sebago Region.

My son and I caught a good number of landlocked salmon on some of the prototypes last year, before I tied this final version. Althought it was originally meant to be a 'presentation' type fly it turned out to be a good fish catcher. The Gamefisher was designed to be a trolling fly in the Maine tradition of streamers, but in smaller sizes it would be a good fly for night fishing big brown trout.

The streamer includes the hair and feathers from the four types of game common to most hunters in North America: squirrel - upland game, pheasant - upland birds, wood duck and teal - waterfowl and deer hair - big game. The subdued browns and grays blend very well with each other despite the variety of birds and animals. I think it is an attractive streamer and I'm kind of proud of it."

Sebago Gamefisher
Created and tied by Gerald Wolfe

    Hook:   Partridge, Size 2, 10XL Carrie Stevens Streamer Hook.

    Head:   Black.

    Tag:   Flat silver tinsel.

    Tail:   Tip of teal flank feather.

    Body:   Orange Silk.

    Ribbing:   Flat gold tinsel.

    Belly:   White bucktail, length of hook.

    Throat:   Gray squirrel tail, 2/3 length of hook.

    Wing:   Gray saddle hackle, two hackles per side.

    Shoulder:   Barred wood duck flank feather.

    Cheek:   Small guinea flank feather over which is the barred tip of a pheasant breast feather, over which is a jungle cock nail.

"The wings are usually prepared before attaching to the fly in the Carrie Stevens style of tying Rangley streamers. The feathers comprising each half of the wing, shoulder and cheek are glued together making two separate units to tie to the hook. This makes a much neater wing." ~ G.E. Wolfe (RW)

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