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by RobSmith1964
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Something for the Historians
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Something for the Historians

Pull up a chair, pour yourself a nice drink. And watch some north country fly history being unveiled. It was a great thrill to share this with Paul in front of the cameras, and hope you guys also share the thrill. John Shaner knows this pub well! https://fishingdiscoveries.com/pearsalls-gossamer-sil...
by RobSmith1964
Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Edmonds & Lee
Replies: 17
Views: 1340

Edmonds & Lee

https://www.54deanstreet.it/blog/blog-1/post/brook-and-river-trouting-edmonds-and-lee-16?fbclid=IwAR2GZut5_ktD-13jipgkLYCYEZZt2LsPxxici_b0eclK85HSsTPoDMwWObs I enjoyed Andrew’s article, though I found it somewhat incomplete, and racked with errors. I won’t comment on whether Mr Skues would have fou...
by RobSmith1964
Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: PEARSALL'S IS BACK!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1730

Re: PEARSALL'S IS BACK!!!

Marketing bullshit. It is simply impossible to match the colours of silk based on photograph of silks taken in 1915, and then reproduced on a pretty basic standard of paper.
by RobSmith1964
Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:14 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: North Country spider article
Replies: 138
Views: 8089

Re: North Country spider article

The notion that the Treatyse was written by a nun, is a troubling one. Whilst women’s patronage of the various religious centres in England has a strong tradition, particularly in the 12th century. With women active as patrons of prayers and religious books, which required comparatively small amount...
by RobSmith1964
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: North Country spider article
Replies: 138
Views: 8089

Re: North Country spider article

Andrew, I'm fully OK with anything you want to post. I'm not sure what email you are taking about, as I haven't posted any email, but never the matter. There is no personal animosity on my part, and I will be delighted to share a drink with you. Of course the real arguments will come when we have to...
by RobSmith1964
Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: North Country spider article
Replies: 138
Views: 8089

Re: North Country spider article

Andrew as you know manuscripts are open to interpretation and copy. If you look into Les Magee’s book which you so highly recommend. You will find Magee’s listing of Lister’s patterns contained with his 1898 manuscript. However, if you had spent some time going over Magee’s listing of the Lister pat...
by RobSmith1964
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: North Country spider article
Replies: 138
Views: 8089

Re: North Country spider article

I was born in Kettlewell, north of Harrogate :D
by RobSmith1964
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: North Country spider article
Replies: 138
Views: 8089

Re: North Country spider article

Here are a few items relating to James Whitaker, one of the forgotten men of the North Country tradition. Known as the “Duke’s Fisherman”, Whitaker was the Beck-Watcher on the Bolton Abbey Estate in Wharfedale. The photos show his profession of Fisherman & Fly Maker in his census entry of 1861. The ...