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by Greenwell
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: North Country spider article
Replies: 138
Views: 4401

Re: North Country spider article

Now I know the true orgins of the "Friday night fish fries" that I so enjoy. After the potato was introduced to Europe circa 1570 - 1590, the inhabitants of the monasteries were divided into two groups depending upon their kitchen duties; Fish Friars and Chip Monks! Those with unusually fine culina...
by Greenwell
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: North Country spider article
Replies: 138
Views: 4401

Re: North Country spider article

N01555_10.jpg Proof that Medieval Monks used standard angling techniques is shown here in the famous and delightful painting "Thursday" by British artist Walter Dendy Sadler. As can be clearly seen, the Brothers are fishing for tomorrow's fast-day dinner using tackle quite similar to that shown in ...
by Greenwell
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Vincent Marinaro Wet Flies
Replies: 13
Views: 771

Re: Vincent Marinaro Wet Flies

Edgar Sealey and Partridge made most of Veniard's hooks I have been told. They came in folded paper packages in larger quantities and in elegant little rice paper envelopes when you bought 25. I still have many of them left and the crinkly feel of the paper is a pleasant memory from my early fly tyi...
by Greenwell
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Vincent Marinaro Wet Flies
Replies: 13
Views: 771

Re: Vincent Marinaro Wet Flies

John - Would you have any idea what hook the top fly is tyed on? I am guessing the middle fly is tyed on a Model Perfect bend hook, and the bottom fly is a sneck bend hook. Do you agree? Would it also be possible to get a measurement of the size of each fly (millimeters)? What a treasure! Ray, The ...
by Greenwell
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Vincent Marinaro Wet Flies
Replies: 13
Views: 771

Vincent Marinaro Wet Flies

DSC01099.JPG I thought some of you might like to see some very rare spider flies dressed by Vince Marinaro. All Marinaro flies are quite scarce but wet his wet flies are almost unknown. Of course Marinaro, the author of A Modern Dry Fly Code and In the Ring of the Rise will forever be associated wi...
by Greenwell
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Grayling Witch
Replies: 5
Views: 382

Re: Grayling Witch

The Grayling Witch is just a version of the venerable Red Tag, a fly that I used a lot when I was a kid. It was easy to tie and the materials were not hard to get and the trout liked it. I dressed it with both a brown and a grizzly hackle; both were very effective on my local trout. In T.E. Pritt's ...
by Greenwell
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Pearsalls Color Chart
Replies: 56
Views: 11409

Re: Pearsalls Color Chart

Interestingly enough, when I was in Yorkshire last month, Rob Smith took me by the building in the city of Bradford where the silk color charts were produced for well over a century. If you have or have seen a Pearsalls Silk Color Chart it was made in this building. IMG_0917 (3).JPG Sorry it's flipp...
by Greenwell
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: H,C. Cutcliffe Flies
Replies: 38
Views: 2097

H,C. Cutcliffe Flies

DSC01153.JPG DSC01165.JPG DSC01169.JPG Here are some shots of examples of H.C. Cutcliffe's flies from his book The Art of Trout Fishing in Rapid Streams , 1864. The flies were tied by Roger Woolley and are contained in one of his characteristic white card boxes. The box shows his earlier label stat...
by Greenwell
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Tups
Replies: 22
Views: 1394

Re: Tups

Substituting an easy to source material for a rare or hard to procure one is as as old as fly dressing itself. As far back as Aldam in 1875 fly dressers were substituting the inner covert feathers of the starling for the rare, even at that time, dotterel. I could find and cite many more examples fro...
by Greenwell
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Saber Hooks?
Replies: 42
Views: 3650

Re: Saber Hooks?

Cheap hooks are precisely that, cheap. If you tot up the general cost of a single fishing trip it makes no sense to use a hook that cost 2.5 cents over one that cost 25 cents. I’ve had many a client loose what could be the fish of a lifetime because of a cheap broken hook. I tie many flies for my c...