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by Greenwell
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Saber Hooks?
Replies: 41
Views: 1467

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...
by Greenwell
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Saber Hooks?
Replies: 41
Views: 1467

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...
by Greenwell
Sun May 12, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Fly Tying Tools
Replies: 15
Views: 733

Re: Fly Tying Tools

John, I believe that the vise had a rather gradual acceptance into fly dressing, finally becoming common in the late 19th century. The illustration in Ogden on Fly Making appeared in 1879 and is considered to be the first. Frederic Halford used an early Thompson "Model A" vise and wrote about it in ...
by Greenwell
Fri May 10, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Fly Tying Tools
Replies: 15
Views: 733

Re: Fly Tying Tools

I believe that Ogden was the first to illustrate a fly vise but the very fact that he called it "improved" leads one to the conclusion that the vise had been in use for at least a while and needed "improving."
by Greenwell
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Fishing Wingless Wets
Topic: Presentation Methods
Replies: 12
Views: 805

Re: Presentation Methods

I think that as an overview you could break down subsurface presentations into three categories and then add the various refinements of those presentations under each heading. For example: 1- Upstream A. True Upstream B. Upstream Nymph (Induced take) C. Etc........ 2 -Upstream and Across A. Escalato...
by Greenwell
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Fishing Wingless Wets
Topic: Presentation Methods
Replies: 12
Views: 805

Re: Presentation Methods

One of the very best and most succinct descriptions of the Upstream Wet Fly technique that I have found is in River Flyfishing by L. Baverstock. However, Rob Smith's chapter on techniques is unbeatable for both depth and clarity. The Crossfield Draw was described in Earnest Crossfield's chapter of t...
by Greenwell
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Dating Mills Flies
Replies: 27
Views: 1174

Re: Dating Mills Flies

The hooks these flies are on are blued rather than lacquered as are modern hooks. Many older trout hooks show this blued finish which is similar to, but not the same as, the bluing used on firearms. The bluing finish wasn't as resistant to rust as is a lacquer finish but it persisted well into the 2...
by Greenwell
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Hackle ALERT !!!
Replies: 21
Views: 1071

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: 1299

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: 901

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...