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 Alec Stansell, Cape Cod, MA
Archive of Old Flies
The Jungle Cock is a particularly beautiful classic bass fly;
and it's always nice to have an appropriate use for those Jungle
Cock body feathers! It was first tied by C. F. Orvis in 1879 and
his daughter tells us that it "ranked high among the favorites."
It is indeed a killing fly. Let's tie one!
Hook: Mustad 80300BR size 10.
Tail: Black, scarlet red, and mottled brown slips.
Body: Yellow floss.
Ribbing: Green thread.
Wing: Cock Pheasant, Jungle Cock body over.
Alec Stansell lives and fishes on Cape Cod Massachusetts.
In the 1990's he owned and operated Port City Fly and
Tackle in Portland Maine. He is a founding member of The
Samuel Tisdale Society, a club of Northeastern warmwater
fly anglers that meet several times a year to enjoy fishing
and food. He is currently writing a book entitled Tying
and Fishing the Classic American Bass Fly. You can
reach him at
firstname.lastname@example.org ~ EA
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