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 is Bruce Staples dressing, but the original
description of a dry Muddler Minnow was in Joe Brook's
classic 1963 Outdoor Life article, "The
World's Greatest Fly." Here he describes using
a Dry Muddler on Montana's Big Hole River to
entice the largest brown trout he had seen, only
to have the lunker break his leader. Bruce uses
the pattern in the same manner Joe describes, but
says he has equal luck presenting it totally dry.
Quoting Bruce, "It's my favorite pattern."
Credits: Photo, recipe and quoted text from Trout Country
Flies, by Bruce Staples, Published by Frank
Popularized by: Joe Brooks, 1960s.
Hook: Mustad 9672, or equivalent, size 2-12.
Thread: Grey 2/0.
Tail: Turkey quill segment.
Rib: Flat gold tinsel.
Body: Orange floss.
Underwing: White over brown calf tail.
Wing: Turkey quill segments mounted on sides
Head and collar: Spun deer hair.
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