I met a young man, Adam, a few weeks ago in Eugene. He had purchased one of my books, Super Flies ~ Color, nearly a year ago, and he asked if we could find a way to have me personalize it for him. Of course. He mentioned that he was starting to tie flies and that he had a box of “old flies” that his fiancé inherited from her grandfather.
We talked a while, I suggested that he bring his book and the flies down to the Fly Shop, and promised that I would personalize his book and would appreciate being able to look at his collection of 1970s flies.
Well here we are. A very nostalgic collection of rusty hook, some bug-eaten, fishing flies. These are all patterns that I tied back in the 1960s and 1970s, mostly for Doughton Hardware in Salem, Oregon, for Wayne Doughton.
Thank you, Adam, for sharing these flies with me.
May you all enjoy this view into the past, and remember that these flies would all fish well today, if given half a chance and a good soaking in the rivers and lakes we fish nowadays.
Jay Nicholas, May 7th, 2016