Three basic Soft Hackles that worked great for me last year!

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Re: Three basic Soft Hackles that worked great for me last year!

Post by jcwillow777 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:17 am

Thanks for all of the kind comments.

As far as the books I'm looking for, they are still under copyright. One is The Guide to North Country Flies by Mike Harding, going for $2,269.75 and A Handbook of North Country Flies by W. S. Roger Fogg, going for $692.43 on Amazon. Both were listed at $99 for a while, I should have bought them then. Oh well...

Trifly - I can only image tying a 24! Nice job.

Hankaye - I found that archive site and google books. Thanks for mentioning it. I have downloaded about 100 books.

I found a list that Rob Smith posted in another forum comparing Pearsall to YLI. I edited the list and put them in numerical order. I can only imagine how difficult it would be to compare colors just from pics.

YLI No. Vintage Pearsall No.

201 = Scarlet(11a) – Bright Red
208 = Blue (7) – Ocean Blue
213 = Straw (2) – Pale Yellow
216 = Hot Orange (19) – Bright Orange
214 = Lemon Yellow (4) – Daffodil Yellow
231 = Gold (6A) – Bright Apricot
232 = Grey (9A) – Light Blue Grey
241 = Golden Olive (11) – Dull Gold? = Dk Claret(15) – ( 248 – Magenta or 267 – Burgandy )
244 = Purple (8) – Eggplant
258 = Claret (14) – Dark Purple
261 = Primrose (3) – Buttercup
258 = Claret (14) – Dark Purple
? = 6B? = Olive (16)
BLK = Black (9) – BLK
WHT6 = White (1) - WHT

I found a site that sells the YLI fairly reasonable, and has a boatload of colors.
https://ylicorp.com/products/silk-100-t ... 5612393166

oldhat - Thanks for mentioning your patterns. I'll check them out. I have been using the Trico pattern that Eric Stroup ties. It has worked very well for me, and extremely easy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk1C2GfDWb8

ForumGhillie - I have a cottage about 3 milse south of the AuSable river. Actually the first book I read on soft hackles was The Soft-Hackled Fly and Tiny Soft Hackles by Nemes. I got really geeked when I saw that he fished the same stretch of the AuSable that I regularly fish. (The North Branch, usually Dam 4)

letumgo - Thanks for the offer. I have been buying Ephemera here:
https://www.aaronmostojfeathers.com/sto ... spool.html
This is the best price I have found, $4.95 a spool, and reasonable shipping. I have 8 spools of most of the 14 colors available. After one purchase he sent me a free spool of Pearsall purple to play around with. It does look like it's nicer silk thread than the Ephemera. Since I can only do a comparison, I'll stick with what I have. Thanks for the offer though.

My only complaint with Ephemera is that it gets tangled on the spool sometimes as it comes off. I wrecked a couple of flies until I figured out how to deal with it. One plus is that the Ephemera comes in 100M spools.

I'm smoking a turkey for Christmas dinner, gotta go out and check it. Merry Christmas everyone!
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Re: Three basic Soft Hackles that worked great for me last year!

Post by Greenwell » Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:19 pm

JC,

Yes, I'm planning on attending the Expo again in 2019 and it looks like they are going to have me do a tying demo which will be my first one at this event. Also, I'm tentatively planning on doing a tying class at Gate's in May. If/when this is scheduled I'll post it on the Forum.

I've seen the crazy prices that are being asked for Mike Harding's book and I just can't understand why. It did sell out pretty rapidly after it was published but it's not that important of a book, not nearly so much as Rob Smith's The North Country Fly. I would suggest that you pick up a copy of Fogg's A Handbook of North Country Trout Fliesif you don't already have it; much more information in it but without the pretty color pictures.
I think I'm going to take the Harding off my reading list because no one can find it now and when it is offered it's at unrealistic prices.
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Re: Three basic Soft Hackles that worked great for me last year!

Post by jcwillow777 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:43 pm

Greenwell wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:19 pm
JC,

Yes, I'm planning to be attending the Expo again in 2019 and it looks like they are going to have me do a tying demo which will be my first one at this event. Also, I'm tentatively planning on doing a tying class at Gate's in May. If/when this scheduled I'll post it on the Forum.
Cool, I'll have to catch your demo. Let me know what name to look for. I usually go with my fishing/hunting buddy every year. Think I'm gonna help the club with set up this year. I will be opening my cottage in May, gonna do the 234 turkey hunt and some fly fishing, so I'll most likely be up there when you are doing your tying class at Josh's. I get his monthly news letter/email and I'm sure he will mention it. Looking forward to meeting you at the Expo.

I have the Robert Smith book, and I got it signed (not expecting that) at a reasonable price from Coch-y-Bonddu books in England. It is an excellent book. I liked it so much I scanned it into my computer so I can have a copy at home and at my cabin. John Shaner mentioned that Smith has another book that will be coming out, not sure when. If he's at the Expo I'm gonna ask him about it. I got a few other books from there too.

I have 2 of Roger Fogg's books, The Art of the Wet Fly and Wet-Fly Tying and Fishing. Both good books. The one you mentioned is going for $692.43 on Amazon. Guess I'll have to pass on that one. I did see Mike Harding's book going for $99 several months ago, but I decided to let it go. Now it's going for $2,269.75. That's just crazy.

I just saw that Greenwell and John Shaner are one in the same. Thank you so much for your presentations. Looking forward to another one this March! You have changed my fly fishing forever, for the better!
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