Welcome to Just Old Flies

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 tiers imagination.

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 Lee Birkholm

"Originated by Franz Pott, this was an immensely popular pattern in Montana for decades. Thus it has many variations. The Wombachers had a version, and a version for whitefish appears in J. Edson Leonard's Flies. According to George Grant in Montana Trout Flies, it was one of the original mite patterns, and in it Pott retained the Rock Worm body construction. The construction Grant gives includes the discontinued Mustad 9485 hook, a yellow belly stripe and use of woven black hair hackle. This construction is different than the Maggot displayed at the Butte, Montana Visitor's Center.

Recipe Maggot

Originator Franz Pott, 1930s.

Hook: Mustad 3906B, or equivalent, size 8-14.

Thread: Black 6/0.

Body: White ox hair.

Hackle: Grizzly.

Wing: Woven reddish brown horse hair.

Head: Black."

Credits: From Trout Country Flies, From Greater Yellowstone Area Masters by Bruce Staples, published by Frank Amato Publications.

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