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by Greenwell
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Hackle ALERT !!!
Replies: 21
Views: 481

Re: Hackle ALERT !!!

Golden something?
by Greenwell
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Update on Pearsall's Gossamer
Replies: 26
Views: 686

Re: Update on Pearsall's Gossamer

FlyFisherMann1955 wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:38 pm
On 4 Apr, someone paid $38.00 on eBay for a single wooden spool of purple Pearsall's Gossamer!

Tight Lines- Ken
10 years ago you could buy all you wanted for $2.50 a spool............hardly anyone wanted it.
by Greenwell
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Availability of Spider Materials Today
Replies: 23
Views: 329

Re: Availability of Spider Materials Today

I doubt the Pritt and Skues of tradition just walked into a fly shop and purchased whatever they wanted at the time or ordered over the internet from countries afar. Hat, You couldn't be more correct in your statement. One of the things I find so compelling about Spiders and one of the points I mak...
by Greenwell
Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Availability of Spider Materials Today
Replies: 23
Views: 329

Re: Availability of Spider Materials Today

Roadkill wrote:
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:18 am
Just learn to make woven hair hackles like Pott and Grant or go with synthetic Organza hackles. ;) :shock: :lol:
I'd take up knitting before I did that!
by Greenwell
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Availability of Spider Materials Today
Replies: 23
Views: 329

Re: Availability of Spider Materials Today

Really interesting, John. All this time I thought the shortages were being caused by some guy putting together the ultimate materials book :shock: ... :lol: :lol: . You make a good point Bill! Actually, the Materials Reference came about partially so that substitutes could be compared to the real f...
by Greenwell
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Availability of Spider Materials Today
Replies: 23
Views: 329

Availability of Spider Materials Today

I’ve been reading many of the posts here on the Forum and on other social media regarding Pearsalls silks, it’s now-near unavailability and the search for suitable substitutes. What was a common and overlooked material has now become almost the Holy Grail for many fly dressers, with rumors of single...
by Greenwell
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: John Swarbrick - John Turton Dressings
Replies: 8
Views: 244

Re: John Swarbrick - John Turton Dressings

The book that you see listed by Paul Morgan is a copy of the original List of Wharfedale Flies published by Ellis Beanlands in 1907. He (erroneously) gives the date of the Swarbrick list as 1807 and not 1817 as is actually correct and which appears in the original MS. Because of this error, the date...
by Greenwell
Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: John Swarbrick - John Turton Dressings
Replies: 8
Views: 244

Re: John Swarbrick - John Turton Dressings

The date of the Swarbrick list should actually be 1817 rather than 1807. Rob Smith and I have established this from examination of the only known original manuscript, which is dated November 30, 1817. The MS was owned by Henry Walbran Cooper who evidently leant it to Ellis Beanfields for transcripti...
by Greenwell
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: GRHE Dark Version
Replies: 31
Views: 7167

Re: GRHE Dark Version

Here's my instructions for water blending as I outline in my "Spider Resource Sheers." To process a Hare's Mask, (I usually do 3 or 4 at a time, enough for several hundred flies) take a sharp pair of scissors and remove as much of the brown, mottled fur from the ears as possible. Work from the tip o...
by Greenwell
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Dating Mills Flies
Replies: 21
Views: 397

Re: Dating Mills Flies

The very last Leonard catalog in which I can find Snelled Wet Flies listed is in 1966. By that time the price had risen to $4.20 per dozen, 60 cents more than the price for a dozen eyed wets. The 1967 catalog shows Snelled Wet Flies in the same illustration that was used the year before but has neit...