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by wsbailey
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Snipe: Sherry Abad Photo
Replies: 10
Views: 177

Re: Snipe: Sherry Abad Photo

I’m surprised that no one has brought this up yet (unless I missed it).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snipe_hunt
by wsbailey
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Snipe: Sherry Abad Photo
Replies: 10
Views: 177

Re: Snipe: Sherry Abad Photo

Harold Howorth’s Henthorn Purple uses teal lesser coverts as a substitute for snipe. He found them to be more durable.
by wsbailey
Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Availability of Spider Materials Today
Replies: 23
Views: 329

Re: Availability of Spider Materials Today

The last time I saw “Borger Color System” it was $50. You don’t see a copy available very often. That’s the downside.
by wsbailey
Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Availability of Spider Materials Today
Replies: 23
Views: 329

Re: Availability of Spider Materials Today

I would grab it!
by wsbailey
Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Availability of Spider Materials Today
Replies: 23
Views: 329

Re: Availability of Spider Materials Today

Gary Borger book "Designing Trout Flies" has a section detailing the colors of feathers on a number different game birds. He has diagrams showing the locations where you can find the various feathers on a bird. One downside is the colors are keyed to the "Borger Color System". Years ago I asked Gary...
by wsbailey
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Availability of Spider Materials Today
Replies: 23
Views: 329

Re: Availability of Spider Materials To

I don’t know this first hand but it is my understanding that many of the birds used in fly tying were available whole at food markets in England in the past. I get this impression from writers such as Skues. Certainly many of those who fished also hunted or knew hunters. There are also the birds tha...
by wsbailey
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Availability of Spider Materials Today
Replies: 23
Views: 329

Re: Availability of Spider Materials Today

I first got interested in wet flies about 20 some years ago. At the time eBay was a gold mine for old materials especially from the UK. Silk was the common tying thread at that time so Pearsall’s was easy to get. Lots of antique stuffed birds were available and were relatively cheap as was the posta...
by wsbailey
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Irish Infused.
Replies: 14
Views: 307

Re: Irish Infused.

This is the bible of that style of fly. It includes a really great section of Tommy Hanna’s writing and much of the correspondence he had with Skues.

http://www.fishingbookreviews.co.uk/mal ... style.html
by wsbailey
Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Dying Related - pH Control (mostly for Mr. Bailey)
Replies: 18
Views: 653

Re: Dying Related - pH Control (mostly for Mr. Bailey)

Ray, those types of colorants aren’t actually dyes. They really only stain fibers. For something to be considered a dye it has to chemically bond with fibers. To make natural colorants bond with fiber usually requires an intermediary called a mordant. These are metallic salts which bond to the fiber...