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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?


DeFoe's Stonefly Nymph

Golden Stone Nyumph
By James Birkholm


When the neck feathers from the Gray Jungle Fowl, Gallus sonneratti, were first used in fly tying in the nineteenth century, they were incorporated primarily as cheeks, tails, and body veils in British salmon flies. Later in the nineteenth century, British tiers also started using long jungle cock feathers as extended verticle wings in wet flies. In the late nineteenth century, the jungle cock nail feather found its use as throats for spey flies, like the Akroyd.

DeFoe expanded the use of jungle cock when he was the first to use the short nail feathers and body feathers for wingcase in stonefly nymphs, placing them either tent-style or horizontally, flat ovcer the top of the body, depicting the pronotum. Many of these flies imitate emerging sedges, stoneflies, and mayflies.

Materials Golden Stone Nymph

    Tail: Red golden pheasant flank fibers.

    Body: White floss underbody (1/2 shank length.)

    Rib: Alternating bands of bleached stripped peacock quill dyed: 2 brown, 1 yellow, and 2 white. Veiled above with two jungle coks nails tent style over top of body and two turns grouse hackle.

    Thorax: Light yellow rabbit dubbing ribbed with black tying silk.

    Wingcase: Two jungle cock nails, tent style over top.

    Legs: Grouse hackle.

Credit: From Forgotten Flies.

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