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
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Part One hundred eighty
Compiled by Deanna Lee Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
Bill Chiba of Springfield, Mass., showed this fly to Paul Kukkonen
of Worchester, Mass., in the late 1960's. Paul popularized the
pattern by use of his films on fishing and hunting to more than
25,000 anglers and hunters per year.
Paul changed the pattern as listed below, noting "I have
taken all species of trout, landlocks, Atlantic salmon, small
mouth bass, large mouth bass, walleye, pike, stripers, blues and
coho. This fly took a 5 pound 9 ounce brookie in Maine. I now
must consider it in the top 5 streamers. I hear of many new
flies every year, 99% of them are failures. This one
clicked." This is a very popular pattern in southern New England.
As tied by Dick Surette
Credits: Information and recipe from Dick Surette's Trout
and Salmon Fly Index, photo from Forgotten Flies.
- Hook: Mustad #3665A or #9575, 4X, 5X or 6X long.
- Thread: Hot orange.
- Body: Fluorescent orange or fluorescent red wool body.
- Underwing: Fluorescent nylon hair, orange or red.
- Wing: Cerise maribou.
- Hackle: Yellow saddles, tied back collar style and long.
- Head: Red.
- Note: This fly has no tail or ribbing.
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