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?
By Bruce Staples
Archive of Old Flies
This pattern was named for Ms. Julia Carey,
a fishing companion of Bob Carmichael. Bob's
son Tom offers that Mrs. Carey was "one of the
finest dry fly fishers to wade Jackson Hole
waters." That's quite a tribute because at
midcentury, female fly fishers were uncommon.
Proper hackle made this fly effective. According
to Tom, Roy Connelly owned a hackle collection
unapproached by any contemporary western fly
tier. This included springy, long barbed
hackles needed for proper spider pattern
~ Bruce Staples
Hook: Mustad 9556, or equivalent, size 8-12.
Thread: Black 6/0.
Body: Short, of fine gold tinsel
Hackle: Sparse and six times oversized from
honey dun or coch-y-bondhu hackle.
Credits: Trout Country Flies by
Bruce Staples. Published by Frank Amato Publications.
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