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 Eric Austin
Fly tied by Eric Austin
Archive of Old Flies
Surprisingly enough, the Bergman Fontinalis
was not invented by Ray Bergman. It was instead
named for him by his friend Phil Armstrong. The
"Fontinalis" part of course, references the Brook
Trout, or Salvelinus Fontinalis. The fly is meant
to imitate the fin of the Brookie, and can be
grouped with flies such as the Parmacheene Belle,
Fontinalis Fin, and Trout Fin.
Here's what Ray Bergman has to say in his book
Trout, with reference to the
"This fancy pattern is primarily best
for brook trout in Northern waters, and for
sea-run steelhead on the West Coast. In my
opinion it is the popular fly substituting
for the colorful paired fins of the brook trout,
which have always been a killing bit of bait.
Other imitations of this natural lure are
Fontinalis Fin and Bergman Fontinalis. (I
didn't name the last one. It was named for me
by the friend who designed it, Phil Armstrong,
of Michigan and Pennsylvania.) Of course natural
fins vary in color, so that any fly made along
these lines should be satisfactory as a basic."
Here is the pattern for the The Bergman Fontinalis:
Hook: Wet fly, #6-#10.
~ Eric Austin
Tail: Married, from 6 pairs of
feather strands on each side, in the following
order from bottom to top: orange, black, white,
orange, black, white.
Body: Alternating gray and orange wool.
Hackle: Dark dun.
Wing: Orange, topped with 2 strands
of black and 2 of white above the black.
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