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by wsbailey
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Jim Leisenring in "American Trout Fishing"
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Re: Jim Leisenring in "American Trout Fishing"

In an earlier post I suggested chukar tail as a landrail substitute. I included a photo comparing a chukar tail with a landrail wing. Now I see that Leisenring resorted to using French partridge which is very similar to chukar.
by wsbailey
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Francis M. Walbran North Country Flies
Replies: 16
Views: 224

Re: Francis M. Walbran North Country Flies

Skues wrote that the gradation from dark to light makes the valuation of the bullfinch feather. He added that the bloa part of the brilliant blue shoulder feather of the jay makes a fairly efficient substitute.
by wsbailey
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Up Eye Dry Fly Hooks
Replies: 26
Views: 492

Re: Up Eye Dry Fly Hooks

I saw Ron's hook collection (at least some of it) at the NJ fly tying show. Ronn Lucas bought his shop and his knowledge.

https://globalflyfisher.com/tie-better/ ... f-redditch

https://www.totalflyfisher.com/news/ite ... -cox-rawle
by wsbailey
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Up Eye Dry Fly Hooks
Replies: 26
Views: 492

Re: Up Eye Dry Fly Hooks

This might be interesting to those who like fishing hook history.

http://ronnlucassr.com/hook-information/old-hooks/
by wsbailey
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Up Eye Dry Fly Hooks
Replies: 26
Views: 492

Re: Up Eye Dry Fly Hooks

I remember seeing pictures of the old Partridge works. There was one of a worker Japanning hooks in an enameled metal salad bowl. A number classic salmon fly tyers rework large hooks into blind eye salmon hooks. I make Japan black that some use on their reworked hooks.
by wsbailey
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Up Eye Dry Fly Hooks
Replies: 26
Views: 492

Re: Up Eye Dry Fly Hooks

With the high interest in the Allcock hooks I find it surprising that, with so many fishing hook manufacturers, some company doesn't custom order reproductions. I really miss Gaelic Supreme for this reason.
by wsbailey
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Winged Wet Flies
Topic: Winged wet fly spinners
Replies: 10
Views: 250

Re: Winged wet fly spinners

Thanks John. That’s exactly what I needed, a photo.
by wsbailey
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Winged Wet Flies
Topic: Winged wet fly spinners
Replies: 10
Views: 250

Re: Winged wet fly spinners

Thanks John for the awesome reply. I bought quite a bit of undyed crewel wool from England. Not sure if I dyed any that color so I’ll have to check.
by wsbailey
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Winged Wet Flies
Topic: Winged wet fly spinners
Replies: 10
Views: 250

Winged wet fly spinners

In "Brook & River Trouting" the authors list two winged wet fly spinners. I don't think that I've ever seen an example online anywhere. Has anyone tied any of these?
by wsbailey
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Bailey's Fly Tyer's Wax
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: Bailey's Fly Tyer's Wax

Ron just told me he replaced the wax from seven years ago. A lot has changed since then. I keep trying to find ways to improve my waxes. In the latest version of the wax in a tin I have added an antioxidant to the formula to hopefully add to the shelf life.