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
According to Fly Patterns and Their Origins,
"Charles Campbell, of Wall Street, New York, a life-long
member of the Beaverkill Trout Club, is the person
from whom this fly got its name.
Mr. Campbell was an old friend and customer of Reub
Cross, who describes Mr. Campbell's pattern as wings
of teal, body gold tinsel, with buff tail and hackle.
The Campbell's Fancy is rated high on the Beaverkill for
about two weeks around the first of May, and curiously
enough, nothing else will take its place.
Sparse Gray Hackle says, "The old superstition that
a Wickham's Fancy, slate wings, gold body, brown hackle
tied palmer, and a Campbell's Fancy are interchangable
is hooey on the Beaverkill."
Incidentally, Campbell's Fancy is a rattling good
rainbow fly at any time."
Please note, this dressing does not match the
dressing given above. The dressing given in
Forgotten Flies is:
Credits: Text from Fly Patterns and Their Origins,
By Harold Hinsdill Smedley. Color photo and second recipe from
Forgotten Flies published by Complete
Tail: Three short golden pheasant crests curving upward.
Body: Flat silver tinsel.
Throat: Three short golden pheasant crest feathers
Wing: Bronze mallard flank feather.
Tied by Don Bastian
Source: Trolling Flies for Trout and Salmon, page 96
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