My 1st Wooden-spool Pearsall's Gossamer

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My 1st Wooden-spool Pearsall's Gossamer

Post by FlyFisherMann1955 » Wed Nov 17, 2021 7:18 pm

Perhaps you saw the post over on the Classic (Bamboo) Forum. Someone bought 20 spools of Pearsall's Gossamer at a garage sale. Some guys have all the luck!

http://classicflyrodforum.com/forum/vie ... 6&t=140162

I noticed I could see a hand-written color # on 1 of the spools and contacted him about some colors that interested me. He then listed it for sale on both the Bamboo and Fiberglass Forums. I was able to pick up the 4 colors I asked about: Purple (8), Ash (10), Olive (16), and--yes, the Pearsall's unicorn Sherry Spinner (6b). Ash and Sherry spinner were colors I didn't have on plastic spools.
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The purple and olive I just wanted for comparison (wooden spool versus plastic spool). Not sure if the color differences are simply due to age of the thread or if the colors actually changed when the spools changed, which I believe I read somewhere (perhaps here) was in the 1980s. To me, the olive looks very different, much less of a difference for purple.
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Re: My 1st Wooden-spool Pearsall's Gossamer

Post by DOUGSDEN » Wed Nov 17, 2021 10:08 pm

Ken,
Fantastic score for sure! You are absolutely right about the subtle changes thru the years of the color of the silks! Particularly olive! Tying with wooden spooled Pearsall's is a kick in itself! I think it brings us ever closer to tying with our ancestors! Who knows.....perhaps one of the wooden spools once graced one of the great ones parlors way back then!
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Re: My 1st Wooden-spool Pearsall's Gossamer

Post by Updtate » Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:41 am

To my eye it appears you have a spool of olive #16 and a spool of green #18. There is also a third golden Olive # 11

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Re: My 1st Wooden-spool Pearsall's Gossamer

Post by Johnno » Thu Nov 18, 2021 2:07 pm

I think I have at least one of each…. Now to make them all wooden…
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Re: My 1st Wooden-spool Pearsall's Gossamer

Post by FlyFisherMann1955 » Sat Nov 20, 2021 9:50 am

Tom,

The wooden-spool olive doesn't look like #18 Green (Highlander) to me. Look at this picture for a comparison. From left to right:
Golden olive (#11), Light olive (#20), Olive (#16), Olive (#16 wooden spool), and
Green, often called Highlander (#18).
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Does anyone else have Olive (#16) on wooden and plastic spools to compare and notice such a difference?

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Re: My 1st Wooden-spool Pearsall's Gossamer

Post by Theroe » Sun Nov 21, 2021 6:24 pm

Yes- I have multiple spools of all of both wood and plastic, old and new versions. It appears that the dye batches were different over the years……. For me, when I didn’t have certain colors on wood spools, I had to have it. Once they were in my possession I realized just about any substitute will do especially the kimono silk.
Just my .02

AND, I still can’t catch a fish on a snipe and purple. Or anything and purple for that matter!

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Re: My 1st Wooden-spool Pearsall's Gossamer

Post by Mike62 » Mon Nov 22, 2021 7:02 am

Theroe wrote: Sun Nov 21, 2021 6:24 pm Yes- I have multiple spools of all of both wood and plastic, old and new versions. It appears that the dye batches were different over the years……. For me, when I didn’t have certain colors on wood spools, I had to have it. Once they were in my possession I realized just about any substitute will do especially the kimono silk.
Just my .02

AND, I still can’t catch a fish on a snipe and purple. Or anything and purple for that matter!

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See, that's why I gave you all my purple; it doesn't work. ...it just sits there and looks good.
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Re: My 1st Wooden-spool Pearsall's Gossamer

Post by Theroe » Mon Nov 29, 2021 4:54 pm

EXACTLY!!!!

I will probably regift it to someone else once I get tired of looking at it sitting on my tying bench……

Many thanks again, Mike!
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