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 John Mundt
Archive of Old Flies
"The only early pattern uncovered thus far with the name "Belgrade" was found
in the Dictionary of Trout Patterns, written by Bennett Millard
in 1950. In it there is a traditional wet-fly pattern simply titled "Belgrade." The
pattern is as follows:
The color plate of the Belgrade Fly shown above was found in Dr. George Parker
Holden's Streamcraft: An Angling Manual (1932 edition). It was
taken from a W.M. Mills & Son tackle supply catalog with the description, "Extra
Quality Maine Trout or Bass Flies." This example was tied on an O'Shaughnessy
no 2 hook." ~ John Mundt
- Body: Yellow.
- Ribbing: None.
- Tag: Herl and gold.
- Tail: Scarlet and white.
- Hackle: Claret palmer.
- Wing: Red and white with jungle cock.
This article is part of a delightful story, Gilded Summers in Belgrade, Maine
published in the Summer 2000 issue of The American Fly Fisher, which is
published and sent to members four times a year by the
American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester Vermont. We thank author John
Mundt and the AMFF for use permission. ~ LadyFisher
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