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-seven
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
It is believed that this pattern was original with, and
named after, Major John P. Traherne, of England, author
of a chapter on salmon fishing in Pennell's book,
Salmon & Trout.
The Captain, Champion, Red Jay, Claret Jay and Dirty Orange
are also the Major's patterns.
There is another claim that this fly was named after Major W.D.
Turle, of Newton Stacey, England. He died in 1909. He was a
pioneer of dry fly fishing and first practiced at Winchester
where it originated. He was the originator of the Turle knot,
sometimes incorrectly spoken of as the turtle knot. He retired
from the British Army after serving in the Indian Mutiny,
1857-8. Being wounded at the Seige of Delhi.
As tied by Ray Bergman
Information from Fly Patterns and Their Origins by Harold
Hinsdill Smedley. Photo from Forgotten Flies by Paul
Schmookler and Ingrid V. Sils.
Tag: Blue floss; gold tinsel tip.
Tail: Golden pheasant tippet.
Body: Purple wool.
Rib: Gold tinsel.
Hackle: Scarlet palmer, blue at shoulder.
Wing: Brown turkey, gray mallard.
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