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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?

Patriot Three

Patriot Three

By Deanna Birkholm
Fly tied by Ronn Lucas, Sr.

Ronn Lucas, Sr., tied this fly as a memorial to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Quoting Ronn, "Like many if not most Tyers, after the horrific events of 9/11, I tied a few flies that incorporated the red, white and blue found in the American Flag. This pattern is one of them.

This is a very simple fly to tie mostly due to the fact that Golden Pheasant tippet feathers are so easy to use for wings. Their shape and structure was designed with Tyers in mind."

We proudly present this fly here as a reminder to those who have forgotten America was attacked that day, and we are a county at war.

Patriot Three
By Ronn Lucas, Sr.

    Hook:  Partridge.

    Thread:  White UNI-Thread 8/0 for most of the tying and finished with black 8/0.

    Tag:  Silver oval UNI-Tinsel and Yellow UNI-Floss, veiled below with Wigeon.

    Tail:  Golden Pheasant body.

    Butt:  Black Ostrich.

    Body:  Blue UNI-Floss in the rear and purple in front.

    Rib:  Gold twist (a multi strand tinsel).

    Hackle:   Blue, fairly long barbed.

    Throat:   Guinea.

    Wing:   Dyed red GP tippet.

    Side:   Lady Amherst.

    Cheek:   Trimmed Guinea and Amherst head feathers.

    Topping:   Lady Amherst crest, short.

    Horns:   Herl.


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