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by PhilA
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Partridge & Yellow
Replies: 52
Views: 2600

Re: Partridge & Yellow

dd, Thanks for that link and the correction about coch-y-bonddu dates. A fly identical to the Coch-y-Bonddu (peacock body, red-black hackle) goes under many different names well back into the 1700s. But, the name for the hackle and the Coch-y-Bonddu fly itself came later. The only thing more confusi...
by PhilA
Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Partridge & Yellow
Replies: 52
Views: 2600

Re: Partridge & Yellow

Do you know how the wing would be tied? A split wing indicates a upright wing, on a wet fly? Cochybondu yet again, I assume it was plentiful back then as was the Spey chicken. Barry Barry, My understanding is that the original tie had divided wings, but whether they were upright or swept backwards ...
by PhilA
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Partridge & Yellow
Replies: 52
Views: 2600

Re: Partridge & Yellow

The closest recipe I know of as the authentic original Greenwell's Glory is in Ewen Tod's 1903 book Wet-Fly Fishing Treated Methodically . Although the book was published 50 years after that fateful day on the River Tweed, Tod states that he obtained the pattern directly from Canon Greenwell himself...
by PhilA
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Partridge & Yellow
Replies: 52
Views: 2600

Re: Partridge & Yellow

Any idea what year the right worshipful Greenwell invented the fly named after him? Is there a published dressing from him? Origins of the Greenwell's Glory is well chronicled in several books, and the story is quite entertaining. Here is a short version online: https://www.swtu.org/2018/02/08/gree...
by PhilA
Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Clark's Spinning Block vs The Dubber
Replies: 71
Views: 16893

Re: Clark's Spinning Block vs The Dubber

I haven't made many blocks in the past couple years and I'm out of finished blocks besides a couple that I owe people. I am working on them. I just found a couple pics I took when I was doing more of the exotic woods and thought I would share them... William, That's a magnificent photo! Block No. M...
by PhilA
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Just in English Wood cock..
Replies: 2
Views: 273

Re: Just in English Wood dock.

I go through quite a lot of woodcock wings, and those are in pristine condition. Mine often arrive somewhat ragged. Raggedness doesn't matter for the marginal coverts, but those primaries are in great shape.

Phil
by PhilA
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Partridge and Blue. Mole colour effect
Replies: 32
Views: 1612

Re: Partridge and Blue. Mole colour effect

About the color blue in trout flies... John "Jack" Atherton was an eloquent proponent of impressionism in fly design. "Impressionism" to him meant rendering a perception of reality rather than its true form. He was an accomplished artist who brought an understanding of light, color, and visual perce...
by PhilA
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Partridge and Blue. Mole colour effect
Replies: 32
Views: 1612

Re: Partridge and Blue. Mole colour effect

It's important to consider the depths involved in the above charts and graphs. The visible wavelengths of light are scattered and absorbed in clear water, but the distances involved are quite large relative to typical fishing depths. This chart expresses the effect of depth on light penetration a bi...
by PhilA
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Fishing Wingless Wets
Topic: Upstream Wet Fly
Replies: 66
Views: 5305

Re: Upstream Wet Fly

John, I'm not an expert on Paul Young rods either. If you want the best estimate of its builder, you might send photos to Bob Summers. Bob Golder is probably the best expert about PHY rods other than Bob Summers. Golder is very active on Clark's Board (the CFRF), and I did some sleuthing with the CF...
by PhilA
Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Fishing Wingless Wets
Topic: Upstream Wet Fly
Replies: 66
Views: 5305

Re: Upstream Wet Fly

Do you have any other PHY rods? John John, Do you know when your Perfectionist was built? And, by whom? It's not in Bob Golder's PHY database. ( http://phydatabase.com ). I'm quite a fan of Paul Young tapers. Strictly speaking, I own no other PHY rods, but I do own two other Bob Summers rods. (Summ...