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by bearbutt
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Spun body nymph
Replies: 27
Views: 2621

Re: Spun body nymph

That's pretty good, John--nice fuzzy factor. Here's a few tied by Mr. Fuzzy:


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And Mr. Fuzzy himself with his charming smile (from the book coming your way....)


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by bearbutt
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Francis M. Walbran North Country Flies
Replies: 17
Views: 3927

Re: Francis M. Walbran North Country Flies

Somehow I missed this project, and I love it--as plates of materials for tying have long been an interest of mine. John, can you tell us more about how you are attaching the materials to the ground paper? How are you keeping feather flat? How are dubbings attached? And what sort of paper are you usi...
by bearbutt
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Australian possum dubbing
Replies: 11
Views: 1437

Re: Australian possum dubbing

Fran's rusty orange possum isa mainstay for many of his patterns--not just the Ausable Wulff, but also the Ausable Caddis, and his Bomber--he also tied Mini Muddlers with it. Every year I'd go into the shop in Wilmington in the 1990s and 00s, I'd buy a couple of bags of dubbing--the shading varied, ...
by bearbutt
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Pearsalls Color Chart
Replies: 56
Views: 15933

Re: Pearsalls Color Chart

This chart is new to me: Comes from another forum: https://www.flyfishing.co.uk/fly-tying-forum/476811-pearsalls-silk-alternative.html dd The UK forum didn't cite the source; it's from Edmonds and Lee, Brook and River Trouting. Here's a picture from the first (1916) edition, which was privately pri...
by bearbutt
Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Woven Nymph Body Fly Patterns
Replies: 16
Views: 1616

Re: Woven Nymph Body Fly Patterns

Phil - that is an excellent example of Mr. Grants work......I would really like to see a few more angled shots of that pattern Here's a different pattern but equally confounding--an Olive Creeper, from the topside and the bottomside. https://i.postimg.cc/6QgsBjbN/Grant-Olive-Creeper.jpg https://i.p...
by bearbutt
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Woven Nymph Body Fly Patterns
Replies: 16
Views: 1616

Re: Woven Nymph Body Fly Patterns

bb, I have to see those flies sometime. Then we need to dissect one to learn how they were tied. A time-honored and proven tradition--learning to tie by untying, as Walt & Winnie did, and others too. But of course, we will do that, and join the crowd. Perhaps we should get a table at next spring's ...
by bearbutt
Sat Oct 05, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Woven Nymph Body Fly Patterns
Replies: 16
Views: 1616

Re: Woven Nymph Body Fly Patterns

This is all Beatbutt's fault. I plead nolo contendere. However, I cannot take credit for the ties. I'd have to give it a lot more practice to get the body tapered like these: https://i.postimg.cc/23R3k80z/IMG-6392.jpg They are all tied with floss bodies--. Grant tied with nylon monofilament. Though...
by bearbutt
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: New Pearsall's Silk Substitute
Replies: 21
Views: 2357

Re: New Pearsall's Silk Substitute

flyfud1 wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:01 pm
I just use YLI white silk and color with a waterproof marker to anything I want. YLI 100 is about 30% finer than Persall's but it seems stronger to me.

LOL--I just dip mine in the glass of Oloroso I am drinking--instant 6B!

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by bearbutt
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Availability of Spider Materials Today
Replies: 40
Views: 5024

Re: Availability of Spider Materials Today

I was at the Sow Bug Roundup last week and stood over Shaners shoulder while he and Davy Wooton looked at John's book of materials. To say it was awe inspiring is an understatement. This sounds great! John, do you think you could share with us a few photos of your materials booK? I'd love to see ho...
by bearbutt
Fri May 10, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Gartside's Sparrow
Replies: 22
Views: 2851

Re: Gartside

Really nice story. Jack was the real thing--down to earth, scrappy, always making do. And doing things his own way. His catalogues are great documents in the history of fly design--. And his flies are totally consistent (reminds me of Ed Haas in a way). Here's a box of Sparrows Jack tied: https://i....