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Re: Upstream Wet Fly

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:49 pm
by Boris
That looks like it! :D

Re: Upstream Wet Fly

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:12 pm
by ForumGhillie
Greenwell wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:02 pm
John - Is the hat considered a river keepers hat, or a ghillie hat? Either way, I love the style and look.
It was called a "British Fishing Helmet" of all things. Similar to a Deerstalker but not exactly the same. Orvis sold them way back. It was the best fishing hat I've ever owned and I wore it until it fell apart. Never seen another quite like it.Scan.jpg

Here's another photo of me wearing that hat. Do you know who the other angler is?
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John,

That is a great gillie hat!!

In a book I was reading the other night about an English gentleman fishing with their gillie and all the services the gillie performed. A light bulb went off (after a couple glasses of wine) that I am the Flymph Forum Gillie!!! :lol: :lol:

Is the other fly fisher John Goddard?

Re: Upstream Wet Fly

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:20 pm
by Greenwell
No John, it's Ernest Schwiebert. I did meet Goddard several times but never had the opportunity to fish with him. However a very good female friend of mine knew John very well and had boxes of his flies. The largest dry fly trout that I ever saw come out of the Upper Madison (YNP) ate her Goddard Caddis, one tied by John himself.

Re: Upstream Wet Fly

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:25 pm
by ForumGhillie
Now that makes me want to go re-read "Remembrances of Rivers Past". I think you already know my favorite chapter in Schwiebert's book. ;)

John

Re: Upstream Wet Fly

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:04 pm
by letumgo
John - Do you know what length rod Ernie was fishing? It looks very long (10 footer?)

Re: Upstream Wet Fly

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:38 pm
by hankaye
Howdy All;

I became intrigued by John Shanner's fishing helmet. Nosed around in the googleweb
and found the following;

https://books.google.com/books?id=cNk9A ... et&f=false

Goes back aways ... and also provides more to the adage about the Military
is responsible for a huge amount of what we take as everyday stuff.

hank

Re: Upstream Wet Fly

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:41 pm
by Greenwell
letumgo wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:04 pm
John - Do you know what length rod Ernie was fishing? It looks very long (10 footer?)
Ray,

I remember that rod well. It was a T&T Paradigm 8' 5 weight Bamboo. Ernie was poster boy for T&T at the time and Barry Beck was doing a photoshoot. One of the photos ended up on the cover of Fly Fisherman Magazine the next year. I was in the original photo but of course was cropped out! It was as close as I ever came to being on a magazine cover...... Ernie was always nice to me and he actually was a very, very good angler; he cast a beautiful smooth line and knew every bug in the river by name. An entire generation of anglers grew up on his writing and while there's some controversy around him, mostly from people who didn't know him, he did a tremendous job of bringing fly fishing to a large audience through his writing.

Re: Upstream Wet Fly

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:43 am
by Boris
John,

I have an old VHS - that dates me - of Earnie and Geoff Thomas of NZ, fishing the Rangitikei River on the North Island. Its an interesting episode for many reasons but not least of all for the fly tying by the stream without a vice. I've always liked that episode for its varied and interesting content.

Of course, Earnie wears his signature hat.

Re: Upstream Wet Fly

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:31 am
by daringduffer
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I'm neither a pin man nor a bat man but a hat man. I like the British fishing helmet but all forum members should fish with style, using a Big Jim Hat. What is this style of hat called, do you know?

Myself, in my adult daily life, wear a light soft mesh baseball cap under a wool lined waxed cotton Hardy hat. This combination protects both my head, my glasses, eyes and hearing aids and make me stand out from the crowd. It is not very dissimilar to how Big Jim looks.

8-)

dd

Re: Upstream Wet Fly

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:59 am
by hankaye
dd, Howdy;

The Hat that Big Jim is wearing in the photo looks somewhat like
a Bucket Hat, see link;
https://www.villagehatshop.com/product/ ... t-hat.html
I think the one shown on Jim's head is made of cotton (?), maybe
Lance can weigh in on this ...

hank