Visiting John Shaner (Fly Tying Historian)

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Re: Visiting John Shaner (Fly Tying Historian)

Post by Smuggler » Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:40 am

John graciously played host to me this year in the early summer, albeit short, spending time with John is always rewarding. I can attest to this collection being absolutely astonishing. I just sat in bewilderment as John was laying out text after text, going into great detail about this and that with each text.

What's even more amazing is his collection of hackle and other quality feathers. Honestly, I've never seen anything like it. After examining neck after neck, it gave me more of an appreciation towards quality hackle and why it is so important to use them.

Upon returning home, I quickly bought a couple of books John recommended to me and now I make inquiries where ever I can about good quality capes.

My friends know how to spend my money :D .
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Re: Visiting John Shaner (Fly Tying Historian)

Post by joaniebo » Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:23 am

Greenwell wrote: Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:58 am Regarding the Chadwick's 477 wool color, I just checked my card of 477 against the posted photo and it (the photo) is really pretty close. It may show just a touch more red but I might attribute that to the magnification.
I've seen quite a few subs and the closest came from Veniard, which I purchased from Great Feathers. It's thicker than the original and a tad lighter in color but otherwise is darn close.
I haven't seen Chris' 477 sub so can't speak to how similar it may be. I am pretty sure though that most of the available subs will work just fine!
Years ago, a friend in Germany sent me this article about the Killer Bug Yarn available from Ellis Slater (who has since passed away). He also sent me some of the Ellis Slater yarn and what was then available from Veniard. I might still have some stashed away but have since switched to the Shetland Spindrift #290 Oyster Wool as it seems to show the red wire underbody more than the other wool yarns that I've tried.
Info on Killer Bug Yarn from Ellis Slater.jpg
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