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?
Bob Slee Special
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
Here is another fly from Trout Country Flies,
From the Greater Yellowstone Area Masters by
While we may not know exactly why, the color orange
seems to work better than any other on many western
Quoting Bruce, "Few fly fishers nowdays would
choose a mayfly dun pattern with orange the dominant
colors. But in a note to J. Edson Leonard for use in
Flies, Ruth Evans of the Glen L. Evans
Company offers that in the 1940s, this was one of their
company's best selling patterns in Idaho. Other than
a description in Terry Hellekson's Popular Fly
Patterns, little else can be observed in fly fishing
literature on origin and use of this pattern."
Credits: Photo, recipe and quoted text from Trout Country
Flies, by Bruce Staples, Published by Frank
Bob Slee Special
Popularized by: Glen Evans, 1930s.
Hook: Mustad 94840, or equivalent, size 10-14.
Thread: Orange 6/0.
Wing: Upright and divided duck quill segments.
Tail: Orange hackle fibers.
Rib: Fine gold wire, reversed wrapped.
Body: Stripped peacock herl.
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