Yes, another week has passed and it’s time for the next version of Throw Back Thursday Flies…how about bees?
I found these bees in one of my antique fly wallets.
Sorry, I can’t help you with the name. I’m just guessing it’s a bee pattern. But I could be wrong. What do you think it is?
But I do know these are old flies. Here is the fly wallet and a few other flies.
And if you like this fly wallet, be sure to check out my other posts about older fly wallets – Antique Fly Wallets and Antique Fly Wallets Revisited.
I haven’t ever fished bee patterns. I’ve looked them in fly shops and notice a few bees along the shore getting water. But tie ’em onto the end of my leader? Nope!
Maybe it’s time to start.
John – the bee pattern is a McGinty, confirmed in my copy of Pacific Northwest Fly Patterns from Patrick’s Fly Shop in Seattle, copyright 1964. The pattern description classifies it was a wet fly and recommends it throughout the season on all types of fish. I tied a number of these in the 60’s and fished them with success on rainbows and cuts.