Welcome to 'just old flies,' a section of 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
Most books, and yes, even we here, bring 'new and
improved' designs; however, in days long gone, fish
readily accepted these creations; 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. Perhaps you will enjoy them. Perhaps you
will fish them. Perhaps . . .
By "old rupe"
Archive of Old Flies
This fly was a rainbow fly pure and simple. It was given to
me by a nameless old man, this was 30 years ago, who was
a rainbow fisher. That's all he fished for and he was successful.
I met him at the Shell livery on the Little Manistee in Michigan.
I would stand on the bridge and spot rainbows in the river below,
then move up stream and fish them. He helped catch rainbows there.
We would have a beer or two and spot the fish and then I
would go upstream and place a marker, small red floss on
my leader. He would spot while I wet fly fished the rainbows.
I never knew his name. A slick old man, a specialist. He only
fished rainbows - but he did it with class. This was the fly that
he used. Wet to do his thing.
He always had a full creel. I wish the same could be said on my
tombstone. ~"old rupe"
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