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 Deanna Birkholm
Ron Brown, Livingston, Montana, received the original
catalog from a friend. He was delighted with the gift,
(having been a professional fly tyer for most of his
life); he then ran a copy of the catalog which follows
for our readers. The catalog is dated, 1935. You
may have heard of some of the flies, but I'll venture
many are totally unknown.
Each fly is described, and as you read through, note
the detail in the descriptions - such is rarely seen
We appreciate having this information - perhaps
some of you will have a try at tying some of what
were the most popular dry flies of their time.
Some of course, are still popular.
Archive of Old Flies
Credits: All from the Dette Dry Fly Catalog, 1935.
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