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
"It is uncertain whether Don Martinez tied this pattern for
fishing California streams or streams around Yellowstone Park.
According to Roy Patrick in Pacific Northwest Fly Patterns,
it was created in 1947 in Yellowstone Park and was deadly there.
At this time Martinez was spending summers in West Yellowstone,
Montana. In Ray Bergman's Trout, Martinez is
quoted as describing this pattern's effectiveness on California's
Sierra streams. Through its creation, Martinez put small jungle
cock eyes to use."
Also note the use of unusual feathers for the body.
Originator: Don Martinez, 1940s
Hook: Mustad 94840, or equivalanet, size 10-16.
Thread: Black 6/0.
Wing: Small jungle cock eyes, upright and divided.
Tail: Brown hackle fibers.
Body: Blue and yellow macaw quill fiber.
Hackle: Sparse brown, variant radius.
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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