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
Archive of Old Flies
This fly, forerunner of the Bloody Butcher, Silver
Butcher and others, originally went by the name of
"Moon's Fly" and was original with Mr. John Jewhurst
of Tunbridge, Kent, England. The rechristening dating
about 1838, was by William Blacker, author of
Catechism of Fly Making, 1843.
Mr. Moon, a skillful angler was a butcher by trade.
As this fly was his favorite pattern it came to be
called by his trade name, butcher.
The dressing given in Fly Patterns and Their
The fly shown, from Forgotten Flies,
(as quite often happens) is not the same dressing. It
was tied by Don Bastian. His dressing for the Butcher is:
Body: Scarlet floss.
Rib: Yellow silk.
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