Welcome to Just Old Flies

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?

Advertising Art

Compiled By James Birkholm

I suppose progress is a good thing. But when it leaves a complete section of something in the past, in this case the 'art' of fishing advertising, it is too bad. For many years the covers of magazines and the graphics inside promoting the wonderful goods and services offered were produced by commercial artists. Often the people depicted were more a stereotype than real. The ads had real hype, the smiles too big, the fish even bigger.

We now have lost all of that. Our modern society seems to demand real people, real fish and real pictures, though often 'computer enhanced.' This week I am offering you a chance to go to a second page and, hoping you have a color printer, print out one of those famous works of art from the past. Print it out, frame it, hang it with pride. These are the things which inspired those who have brought us to where we are today. Wherever that is.

If you would like to print this out in a large size, click here. This is a large graphic, give it time to load! ~ JC

Credits: The artwork is from Classic Fishing Lures and Tackle, by Eric L. Sorenson and Howard Lambert, published by Voyageur Press.

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