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?
Compiled By James Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
The best genesis in print of this fly is in the American
Angler (Spring, 1990). In his article "Goofus Bug Evolution,"
Pat Barnes credits this pattern to Keith Kenyon. Kenyon,
a Montana guide and tier, secretly created it in 1944 for
the Firehole River. Its effectiveness leaked out and requests
for that "goofy deer hair fly" bombarded Pat and Sig in their
West Yellowstone shop. Thus the name "Goofus Bug" was adopted.
The name "Humpy" applies to this pattern coming from Wyoming
Originator: Keith Kenyon, 1940s
Hook: Mustad 94840, or equivalanet, size 4 - 14.
Thread: Yellow 6/0.
Tail: Deer body hair.
Body: Shellback of deer body hair over yellow tying
Wing: Upright and divided tips of hair used to form shellback.
Hackle: Blue Dun.
Credits: Quoted portions and photo from Trout
Country Flies, From Greater Yellowstone
Area Masters by Bruce Staples and published by
Frank Amato Publications.
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