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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 Two hundred-seven

Caddis, cork body

Caddis, cork body

Compiled by James Birkholm


"Allusion has been made to the habits and form of the caddis flies in the opening chapter of this book, [Favorite Flies and Their Histories] and from that the form of this fly will be seen to be more like that of the drakes [mayflies] than the caddis. But it is known to too many as a caddis fly to attempt to change the name; it would only result in confusion, misunderstanding, and failure. We do not know who first tied them in this manner. The first we ever saw was sent to us by some one living in Albany, N.Y., who said he could procure no more like it, but that they were "most taking flies." We tied them, and afterwards endeavored to improve upom them at the suggestion of General R. U. Sherman, making them with pale olive wings, and covering the cork body with a delicate shade of olive silk. General Sherman said that the fly then greatly resembled those found at Bisby Lake; and this imitation, made according to his suggestions, proved very succesful for the Bisby Lake trout.

Mr. William J. Cassard reported remarkable success with the fly with gray wings, like that shown in the plate, for black bass at Lake Gogebec and in the St. Lawrence.

Recipe:

    Tag: Flat gold tinsel.

    Tail: Teal.

    Body: Extended cork body, peacock herl at thorax.

    Wing: Pigeon.

    Hackle: Brown.

    Head: Peacock herl.

    Credits: Quoted text from Favorite Flies and Their Histories, by Mary Orvis Marbury, published by the Lyons Press. Color photo and recipe from Forgotten Flies published by the Complete Sportsman.

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