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by Greenwell
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: John Swarbrick - John Turton Dressings
Replies: 7
Views: 111

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: 7
Views: 111

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: 6630

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: 272

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...
by Greenwell
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Dating Mills Flies
Replies: 21
Views: 272

Re: Dating Mills Flies

John, what do you mean "catalog woodcuts"? John, for centuries prints were made by cutting the image into wood blocks which were set up with the type to illustrate printed materials, books, newspapers, catalogs, etc. Many of the earlier angling books contain such illustrations. I actually mistyped ...
by Greenwell
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Dating Mills Flies
Replies: 21
Views: 272

Re: Dating Mills Flies

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Description of flies from 1910 Mills Catalog, color plate from Streamcraft. Both the color plate(s) and catalog woodcuts were used for decades.
by Greenwell
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Dating Mills Flies
Replies: 21
Views: 272

Re: Dating Mills Flies

bb, I hope you will remember to take those with you this Spring to NW WI outing. <hint! hint!> Where would those flies have been made? per dozen... $1.50. How the hell did they make money???? John Mills imported flies from England, the world supplier of commercial flies for many years, but Alfred M...
by Greenwell
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Dating Mills Flies
Replies: 21
Views: 272

Re: Dating Mills Flies

Those look like the earlier packages but it's hard to date them with much accuracy. I wonder what the "N" stamp means, possibly "Nylon" as the later, post WWII, snelled flies were on nylon? But these look to be pre-nylon. Mills was in business for so long that a lot of their packaging and advertisin...
by Greenwell
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Dating Mills Flies
Replies: 21
Views: 272

Re: Dating Mills Flies

Mills' Light Stream Flies date back to at least 1894 and perhaps even earlier. Several pages of the 1894 catalog are reproduced in Great Fishing Tackle Catalogs of the Golden Age and they are pictured on page 99 of that delightful book. For many years the Mills catalogs contained beautiful color pla...
by Greenwell
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Sunshine and the Dry Fly
Replies: 25
Views: 549

Re: Sunshine and the Dry Fly

J.W. Dunne was quite the inventor/thinker. He designed early aircraft and then went on to publish books about dream theory and one called An Experiment with Time that even Einstein had trouble understanding, or so the story goes. Dunne's flies were sold by various companies such as Hardy, as were th...