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by Greenwell
Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Edmonds & Lee
Replies: 17
Views: 1374

Re: Edmonds & Lee

Outside of the color descriptions in his printed patterns, Ronalds is unreliable as to color. The plates in the book were hand colored and through it's many editions from 1836 - 1913 the colors changed a fair amount. It is said that Ronalds himself colored the first 4 editions of the book. I have th...
by Greenwell
Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Edmonds & Lee
Replies: 17
Views: 1374

Re: Edmonds & Lee

Actually, the link is to Alfred Ronald's book, "The Fly Fisher's Entomology" and not W.H. Aldam's "Quaint Treatise." Aldam wanted to chronicle the fly patterns found in an 18th century manuscript and provide actual specimens of both the flies and materials to dress them. His book described all 26 of...
by Greenwell
Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Edmonds & Lee
Replies: 17
Views: 1374

Re: Edmonds & Lee

Apparently Walbran purchased some of Aldam’s estate including silk thread. In my copy of Aldam's Quaint Treatise the specimens of silk are quite different from Pearsalls, not only in color but in diameter. One silk is especially intriguing. The "Tailey Tail" fly calls for a dark fawn or fleshy colo...
by Greenwell
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: G E M Skues posting on Flymph Forum.
Replies: 9
Views: 2167

Re: G E M Skues posting on Flymph Forum.

I have that one. It contains a Skues style nymph tied by Johnson.
by Greenwell
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: North Country spider article
Replies: 138
Views: 8371

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: 8371

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: 1156

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: 1156

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: 1156

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: 556

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 ...