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 Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
Dr. C. Wickham, of Winchester, England, is credited with this fly,
suggestive of the red spinner, with wings of medium gray slate starling
and body of gold tinsel over brown hackle, tied palmer. It is supposed
to be particularly good when fish are "smutting."
Sparse Gray Hackle says, "The old superstition that a Wickham's Fancy,
slate wings, gold body, brown hackle tied palmer, and a Campbell's
Fancy are interchangeable is hooey on the Beaverkill."
The Doctor was at one time owner of part of the Houghton Club water on
The fly was first dresed at Hammond's shop in Winchester. Mr. Hammond's
theory was that the gold under water gave an olive tint.
The Pink Wickham, with wings of pink landrail, was a variation by George
Holland, a noted professional fly-tier. ~ LadyFisher
Information from Fly Patterns and Their
Origins, published by Westshore Publications.
The Traditional Flyfisher, Thomas C. Duncan Sr.
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