A very cold weekend gave me the opportunity to tie some real old North Country patterns. The patterns were from the book The North Country Fly, Yorkshire"s Soft Hackle Tradition, by Robert L. Smith. The recipes were from lists that were made at the time the flies were tied and fished. Some listed when the fly would be most effective, as well as other interesting comments. The flies are tied true to pattern for the most part exceptions being some of the game bird feathers are not available or no longer legal to obtain. North Country flies are a joy to tie and doing so I got the feeling of casting them upon the fabled waters of the North Country.
"Orange Starling"..........Whitakers List 1901
"Little Black Midge"......William Bradley's List, 1890
"July Dun"......James Blades' 1890