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 Lee Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
"In Montana Trout Flies, George
Grant states he realized early in his fly fishing
experience that dry flies tied of natural deer
hair could be particularly invisible on rough
water. His answer to this problem was to weave
acrylic yarn at the head of his dry attractor
patterns such as the Gray Buck and Flat Wing
Buck. Thus the Headlight is really a variation
of these flies, but its unique structure deserves
Originator: George Grant, 1940s.
Credits: From Trout Country Flies,
From Greater Yellowstone Area Masters by
Bruce Staples, published by Frank Amato Publications.
Hook: Mustad 96840, or equivalent, size 8-12.
Thread: Yellow Monocord 3/0.
Hackle: Woven deer hair including tips and cellular butts.
Head: Woven red, yellow or orange acrylic yarn.
Body: Tying thread.
Tail: Six to ten badger guard hairs."
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