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?
Horse Hair Caddis
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Fly tied by Dave Brackett
Archive of Old Flies
"Snook Moore was a mountain man. Affable and
knowledgeable, he hosted sportsmen from his
isolated ranch between Wyoming's Gros Ventre
and Wind River mountains. He aided local coldwater
fisheries by "mule canning" fingerlings into
mountain lakes. He guided anglers to these lakes
when fingerlings reached trophy size. One produced
a Wyoming record cutthroat. This pattern is
typical of Snook's creations from materials around
his ranch. It's easy imagining him, twenty miles
from the nearest road, bent over a lamp converting
horse, elk, deer and goat hairs into a fly supply
for the next season while outside winter blusters
Here is the pattern for the Horse Hair Caddis:
Orginator: Snook Moore, 1950s.
Hook: Mustad 94840, or equivalent, size 12-16.
Thread: Black 6/0.
Body: Alternating dark and light horse tail hairs.
Wing: Dark elk hair.
Antennae: Optional black brush bristles.
Credits: Text and recipe from Trout Country Flies
by Bruce Staples, published by Frank Amato Publications.
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