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 Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
Ray Bergman created this fly during a Firehole River
trip. [Yellowstone National Park] He wrote in Trout
that it proved successful there in smaller sizes, but
he soon observed that it was effective in larger sizes.
Bergman gained renown for fly fishing contributions in
He, like other famed eastern fly fishers of
the 1930s to 1950s were lured to Montana, Idaho and
Wyoming by accounts of that area's salmonid bounty.
In Trout, he relates experiences on the
Firehole, Henry's Fork, Madison, Snake and Yellowstone
rivers with Vint Johnson and Yellowstone Park ranger
Credits: Trout Country Flies
by Bruce Staples, published by Frank Amato Publications.
Originator: Ray Bergman, 1930s
Hook: Mustad 94840, or equivalent, size 10-20.
Thread: Black 6/0.
Wing: Upright and divided of woodduck flank fibers.
Tail: Woodduck flank fibers
Body: Cream fur dubbing.
Hackle: One each black and grizzly.
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