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by Greenwell
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: European Blackbird
Replies: 5
Views: 39

Re: European Blackbird

Yes. The wing quills are the traditional winging material for Greenwells' Glory. The marginal coverts can be used as hackles on small spiders.

European blackbird is hard to come by.
by Greenwell
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:21 pm
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Alfred Ronalds' "Companion"
Replies: 9
Views: 148

Alfred Ronalds' "Companion"

After some negotiation with it's former owner, I was recently able to add this rarity to my collection: “The Companion to Alfred Ronalds’ Fly Fisher’s Entomology" While relatively common, most of the existing copies are in poor condition and the flies are either missing or badly moth eaten. In ...
by Greenwell
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Henry Walbran Cooper and his Materials
Replies: 3
Views: 209

Henry Walbran Cooper and his Materials

During my talk last Saturday I brought up the subject of Henry Walbran Cooper, the original owner of the collection that contained the John Swarbrick manuscript. The collection was subsequently owned by Irwin Arthur Bennet who was born in Cheshire, England in 1853 and passed away in Willows, Califor...
by Greenwell
Tue Feb 16, 2021 12:17 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: A nice little read
Replies: 6
Views: 249

Re: A nice little read

DUBBN wrote: Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:26 pm That was a good read and I agreed with most if it.
What did you disagree with? Just askin' LOL!
by Greenwell
Mon Feb 15, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Fishing Wingless Wets
Topic: hook question
Replies: 23
Views: 3541

Re: hook question

Actually, the reason that up-turned eyes were used for dressing dry flies was that the up-turned eye made a convenient thread hold during the process of tying. This is outlined in Halford's first book, Floating Flies and How to Dress Them. The hook style became somewhat "synonymous" with d...
by Greenwell
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Wet Fly Fishing (1960 Sports Illustrated Magazine)
Replies: 4
Views: 229

Re: Wet Fly Fishing (1960 Sports Illustrated Magazine)

The articles from the three issues were later published in a hardback volume called "Sports illustrated Book of Wet Fly Fishing." The photos were replaced with excellent illustrations by Anthony Ravielli.

I have the full set of three issues.
by Greenwell
Wed Feb 03, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: “Dotterel Counterfeit”
Replies: 10
Views: 319

Re: “Dotterel Counterfeit”

The accepted substitute since Pritt's time has been the inner covert feather from a starling. My guess is that even most of the original Dotterel flies that have survived the ravages of time and moth are actually dressed with this feather. Placed side by side, the two feathers are closer than most o...
by Greenwell
Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Dating Mills Flies
Replies: 32
Views: 5955

Re: Dating Mills Flies

I have quite a few Mills flies in similar packaging and have looked at many more but this is the first time that I have seen the Made in Great Britain tag on them. Without the tags it's anyone's guess where the flies were dressed but you have proof on these! Very neat.
by Greenwell
Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Safe Material Storage
Replies: 41
Views: 1552

Re: Safe Material Storage

John, great info! Did Coopers use a vise? As far as I can determine Cooper didn't use a vise, the use of which was just beginning to come into common use in the last quarter of the 19th Century. The hooks are actually quite fine in the wire and more delicate than those in common use today. Sneck be...
by Greenwell
Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Safe Material Storage
Replies: 41
Views: 1552

Re: Safe Material Storage

ForumGhillie wrote: Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:01 pm John excellent, thank you for posting.

Do you have any of his flies?
Just a few hundred.......I have his fly wallets, materials, and manuscript collection. Here are some examples.


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