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
Quoting from Trout Country Flies,
"Observing Pott woven nymphs, Laurn Ashliman created this
pattern, and offered it from his Rexburg, Idaho shoe store
beginning in 1938. His wife Elgarda tied thousands of it.
Orginally it was named "3-Bar-X" because of the wing of
triple barred tail hair from the Chinese squirrel. China
went communist in 1949, and the supply ceased. The
Ashlimans changed to domestic squirrel and renamed their
Originator: Laurn Ashliman, 1930s.
Hook: Mustad 9672, or equivalent, size 4 - 6.
Thread: Black 6/0.
Tail: Forked from black horse mane hairs.
Body: Formed by parallel weave of sorrel horse mane
dark over light.
Wing: Red squirrel tail.
Legs: Black horse mane hair tied on either side
below wing and bent to form an "X".
Antennae: Pair of black horse mane hairs.
Credits: Quoted portions and photo from Trout Country Flies
published by Frank Amato Publications.
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