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
From Favorite Flies and Their Histories:
In our quotation from Mr. Wells's book regarding
his experiments with artificial flies viewed through
the water in a glass tank is explained the peculiar
power possessed by the feathers of the golden pheasant
of reflecting the light, making them visible beyond
all other materials used in fly-making. While airy
and graceful, they are also of hard surface, and do
not become matted, nor readily absorb the water. Mr.
George Herne, of Hertfordshire, England, has made a
specialty of breeding golden pheasants to furnish
feathers for fly-making, and the feathers from his
birds are far superior to those of any other that
we know; the crest feathers deepening to the dark,
beautiful orange, almost blood-red tips that so
greatly enhance the perfection of the salmon flies;
the markings on the neck feathers or frills are
also deeper and more distinct. Different makers
vary in their dressing of the bodies of the Golden
Pheasant flies, but that shown seems to us to be
in the best harmony, and is, we think, the best
known, and most used for salmon, large trout, bass
and sea trout.
Recipe Golden Pheasant:
Tail: Sparse black hackle.
Body: Vermillion floss.
Rib: Fine oval gold tinsel.
Wing: Golden pheasant tippet.
Hackle: Three turns of vermillion hackle
palmered on body, the rest as throat.
Credits: Text from Favorite Flies and
Their Histories by Mary Orvis Marbury.
Fly and photo by Eric Austin.
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