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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 ninty-seven

Parson Tom

Parson Tom

Compiled by Deanna Lee Birkholm

This fly was tied by Greg Nault, from sources in Trolling Flies for Trout and Salmon, and Eric Lesser's The Book of Fly Patterns.

Recipe for the Parson Tom

    Body:   Flat silver tinsel.

    Rib:   Oval silver tinsel.

    Throat:   White bucktail, length of wing.

    Wing:   Several strands of peacock herl over which are four light blue saddle hackles flanked by two grizzly saddle hackles.

    Shoulder:   Silver pheasant body feathers.

    Cheeks:   Jungle cock.

Credits: Color photo and dressing from Forgotten Flies published by The Complete Sportsman.

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