On another thread in this forum someone posted some flies they had recently tied and those flies triggered the memory about the man that taught me how to tie flies. Bimini15 suggested I start another thread about how each of us started. We all have a story!
Here is mine again . . .
"Your mayflies look like they were tied by the master (in my eyes!) that taught me to tie flies ~40 years ago. A retired pro baseball player and retired dentist named "Doc Burleson" in Johnson City, TN. He focused on thin, narrow, tightly-tied bodies. Never a big abdomen . . . the hackle did that! Parachute flies, CDC, or even soft hackle had not come on the scene (at least to my knowledge.) Also Doc didn't feel like wings were necessary to catch fish. He showed me how to tie wings but he never put any on flies he fished with . . . thought they were a waste of time.
Great memories for me! I miss Doc! He was the grandfather I never had!"