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
Matt Minch believes this pattern is a superior
shrimp imitation because of action imparted by
its legs. They are formed by securing the filo-herl
at the top of the bend with its tip forming the
the tail. The feather is then tied in over the herl body
and overlain by the quill segment. The body,
filo-herl feather and quill segment are secured
together by ribbing with gold wire.
~ Bruce Staples
Hook: Mustad 7957B, or equivalent, size 10-16.
Thread: Dark Olive 6/0.
Weight: Fuse Wire (No. 10)
Tail: Tip of tannish-gray filo-herl feather
from base of Hungarian partridge feather.
Legs: Filo-herl feather.
Rib: Fine gold wire.
Body: Tan or olive ostrich herl.
Case: Tan mottled turkey wing quill segment.
Credits: Trout Country Flies by
Bruce Staples. Published by Frank Amato Publications.
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