In Russia I've tied one on, the guide was quite shocked - but of course there was no success. To be honest there was no success with nothing... Just too bad conditions. So I've tried to tie the same pattern in a modern way, on a tube just to find out if they will catch. I was pretty happy with my fly but again there was absolutely no reaction on that fly - to be honest on no fly. So I think I need to go more often for salmon fishing - that's the only way to find out how catchy the old patterns really are.
By the way, that was the only catch in a week salmon fishing :)