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
Bert Quimby, of South Windham, Maine, also has
a ghost series, which include the Green Ghost,
Silver Ghost, Red Ghost and Galloping Ghost.
The Green Ghost is tied:
The Galloping Ghost is tied:
Body - orange silk floss.
Ribbing - silver tinsel.
Wing - green hackle feather (4 or 6), above hook,
below hook sparse white bucktail, 6 or 8 strands
of peacock herl.
Eye - jungle-cock.
Shoulder - silver pheasant breast feather.
Quimby's Kennebago Special is named after
Kinnebago Lake where Quimby once lived.
Body - orange silk floss ribbed with silver tinsel.
Tail - red quill feather.
Wing - Bali.
Hackle - Orange.
Shoulder - jungle-cock eye.
Credits: Text from Fly Patterns and Their Origins,
By Harold Hinsdill Smedley, photo from Forgotten
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