H,C. Cutcliffe Flies

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Re: H,C. Cutcliffe Flies

Post by wsbailey » Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:58 pm

I bought the book years ago after reading about it in one of Roger Fogg’s books. These days, I read it on my iPad because I don’t want to add any more wear and tear to an already old book. I’m glad to see a new book about this nearly forgotten fly fisher. I think one thing that led to him being so unremembered is the unavailability of the hackles. His description of OEG hackles is beyond amazing. By the time of Cutcliffe; cock fighting had been illegal for years. He was forced to raise his own birds to get the hackles he desired. John’s photographs will be real asset to anyone wanting to tie the flies.
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Re: H,C. Cutcliffe Flies

Post by Theroe » Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:20 am

Thanks John- EXCELLENT POST!!
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Re: H,C. Cutcliffe Flies

Post by tups » Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:46 pm

Thank you for a great post. I have read that Cutcliffe preferred game cock hackles for his flies and lamented that these birds were no longer being bred as a result of a prohibition on cock fighting. The sport was also later outlawed in the US. Consequently game cock feathers disappeared from commerce.

In 2018 I spent 5 months in Puerto Rico helping with hurricane disaster relief. During my time there I travelled to every mountain town and hamlet on the island as part of my work. It turns out cock fighting us still alive and well in PR. Game fowl are quite common there and can be found everywhere as barnyard and feral birds. The dominant hackle colors are well represented, including ginger, brown, red, & black. And in an area of SW PR I found a small, isolated population of beautiful dun colored birds - the holy grail so to speak.
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Re: H,C. Cutcliffe Flies

Post by wsbailey » Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:11 am

Years ago I bought various colors of cow’s hair from a rancher. I was disappointed with the black because it wasn’t quite black. It was only recently that I realized that this might be Cutcliffe’s “bullock’s hair, of dark, almost purplish tint”.
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Re: H,C. Cutcliffe Flies

Post by Theroe » Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:20 pm

wsbailey wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:11 am
Years ago I bought various colors of cow’s hair from a rancher. I was disappointed with the black because it wasn’t quite black. It was only recently that I realized that this might be Cutcliffe’s “bullock’s hair, of dark, almost purplish tint”.

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Ahhh-HA!!! One of the many benefits of never getting rid of anything.....See how this works ??
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Re: H,C. Cutcliffe Flies

Post by wsbailey » Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:16 pm

Video about Cutcliffe.

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Re: H,C. Cutcliffe Flies

Post by redietz » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:58 am

wsbailey wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:16 pm
Video about Cutcliffe.
There's a sale on right now on pre-orders of Gaskill's new book:

LINK TO PURCHASE BOOK: https://doublebadgers.kartra.com/page/cutcliffe-main
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Re: H,C. Cutcliffe Flies

Post by joaniebo » Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:07 pm

Thanks for the link. Just ordered a copy.
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Re: H,C. Cutcliffe Flies

Post by redietz » Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:41 pm

joaniebo wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:07 pm
Just ordered a copy.
Me too.
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Re: H,C. Cutcliffe Flies

Post by hankaye » Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:38 pm

Howdy All;
wsbailey wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:16 pm
Video about Cutcliffe.

https://youtu.be/KoZhV8nr3PE
Appears that they made more then 1 video:


there's more...

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