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-nine
Compiled by Deanna Lee Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
The originator of this small casting streamer is Bob Bedell of
Solon, Maine, one of the old-timer Maine Down East fly tyers.
It's small size is especially easy to cast to landlocks, brookies,
and rainbows of the Bingham area of Maine.
First used in 1972 with a sinking line and dredging down
deep style of fishing for the cold-water species of fish
that live in that area. The early season has tough conditions;
the fish tend to be logy and down deep and you have to get
down to them with sinking lines and flies. This fly is
particularly effective in Carry Pond in the Bingham area.
This bait-type fly can be made with materials which are
plentiful and easy to use. The state of Maine has to be
considered the bucktail/streamer capital of the world.
The smelt fly patterns alone would keep you tying for a very
long cold winter.
As tied by Dick Surette
Credits: Information and recipe from Dick Surette's Trout
and Salmon Fly Index, photo from Forgotten Flies.
- Hook: Mustad #9575, sizes 10 - 12.
- Thread: Black pre-waxed nylon.
- Body: Flat silver tinsel.
- Throat: Long as hook, white impali, Peacock herl tied
directly under hook.
- Wing: Underwing of yellow impali, tied length of hook.
Topwing - four grizzly saddles, usual streamer style.
- Cheeks: Brown breast of partridge.
- Eyes: White with black center, clear lacquer over.
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