I would like to mention Earl Stanek, my 80~ year-old friend from Cotter, Arkansas who ties realistics from materials he gets from hardware stores. He does not buy fly materials. Earl's a little eccentric and quite a friend. I am sure he already has multiple articles written and waiting. In the past, he has had articles in various fly tying magazines including Fly Tyer.
Earl does not belong to FTF because I cannot talk him into buying a computer. He was the lead engineer for 3M for years, and in his spare time, invented and perfected the Scientific Angler line of fly reels.
Here is some of his work I posted here:
A previous quote:
This frame was done by Earl Stanek of Cotter, Arkansas. Earl was the lead engineer for 3M for 33 years. He is a life-long bachelor who, for fun and in his company sponsored creative time, about 25% of his worktime when he could do whatever he wanted while at 3M, designed the Scientific Angler line of fly reels.
All of his realistic creations are done with materials he finds at hardware stores or in nature. He buys nothing at fly shops. He also doesn't use computers, because as he says, "Ray, I'm an old-time engineer!" This was Earl's first frame. He has been making domes full of damsel and dragon flies, of which I have three. I will buy a frame but that will probably come in the fall at the October Conclave.
The glass in the lower portion of the frame acts as water in the picture, and beneath the water (glass) are all of the developmental stages of the adults you see above the surface. The nymphs, etc. are much darker usually, so I was unable to get good shots of them through the glass.
I would greatly appreciate it if we could find a place for an article by Earl. It would make his day, and everyone here would learn something from this man, not the least of which would be the vision of a lifetime fly tyer and angler who, near or above 80 years of age, still ties flies with abandon while explaining every step.