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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?


Dr. Burke

Compiled by Deanna Lee Birkholm


This fancy fly, of silver body,yellow hackle and a white wing with jungle cock, is named for Dr. Edgar Burke, of Jersey City Medical Center, in Jersey City, N.J. Dr. Burke was the author of a brochure entitled, American Dry Flies and How To Tie Them. His paintings of flies are recognized everywhere as the finest and most beautiful. A most complete set is found in Ray Bergman's book, Trout.

Quoting Fly Patterns and Their Origins, "The Doctor says:

"It seems to me to be true that the better the angler the more he appreciates the brown trout. Brook trout are the fish for the casual angler; the brown trout is for the expert angler." Concerning flies the Doctor has states: "I need but two, the wet Quill Gordon for the first two weeks of the season and the dry Hendrickson for the rest of it."
His fly "was a deliberately 'studied out' creation intended for dusk fishing in the Kennebago watershed in extreme Northwestern Maine. It is composed of elements that will retain their flas and glitter as long as there is a vestige of light in the sky."

Recipe Dr. Burke

    Tail: Peacock sword.

    Body: Flat, silver tinsel.

    Rib: Silver tinsel.

    Hackle: Yellow.

    Wing: White - also jungle cock eye.

Credits: Text from Fly Patterns and Their Origins by Harold Hinsdill Smedley, recipe and color photo from Forgotten Flies published by Complete Sportsman.

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