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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?


Whip Finish

Compiled by Deanna Lee Birkholm


Here is more from The ART of FLY TYING by Chas. M. Wetzel, published in 1936.

"The whip finish or fastening off knot at the head of the fly is illustrated in Figs. 6 and 7. This knot has always been more or less clothed in mystery - and among some fly tyers is a jealously-guarded secret. The hook and tying silk have been exaggerated to make the idea clear.

Take the position shown in Fig. 6 and with the thumb and first finger of the right hand, make one-half of a clockwise turn around the hook, binding down the end held in the left hand. Release this end and with the thumb and first finger of the left hand straddle the hook, grasp this turned-over portion, hold it taut until the right hand can be turned counter clockwise in the loop to get the new hold. Now with the right-hand hold, take a turn around the hook, again employing the left hand to hold it tight for the next new position. Make four such turns around the hook. Slip the dubbing needle in the loop, grasp the free end as shown in Fig. 7, and pull it tight over the needle.

Credits: From The Art of Fly Tying by Chas. M. Wetzel. Thanks to William Fitzgerald for sending a copy of this wonderful booklet!

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