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  1. A blast from the past. This was in the 1998 Hunters Fly Tying catalog. It wasn't in any later issues either. Compare the price to now !
  2. Thank you! I have several that are in various stages of completion where I just stopped, since I didn't like the way it was coming out. Everyone here has been submitting really nice looking ties lately and quite a few streamer patterns to boot. Regards, Mark
  3. BABBS GHOST Hook: Martinek's size 6 8X long streamer Body: Black floss with flat silver tinsel ribbing Throat: Sparse white bucktail as long as the wing Wing: First layer-- A few strands of peacock herl Second layer-- Sparse dyed blue bucktail Third layer-- Sparse dyed red bucktail Fourth layer-- Sparse dyed yellow bucktail Topped with four blue dun / dun saddle hackles Shoulder: Silver pheasant with jungle cock In 1960, George and Helen Babb of Alton Bay shop asked the late Jim Warner to tie a Gray Ghost and to add the three primary colors to it. The fly evolved and was a great success, especially when the bucktail became all mixed up. I can add that it's not that easy to tie in smaller sizes and the bucktail looks like its mixed, even though it is layered and centered when I tied it in.
  4. That's too bad. I might be mistaken, but I think that he was the same age as Jeff Beck who just passed as well. I'm not on FB, but I bet many folks are just familiar with what he was doing for the last decade plus time frame. He used to sell other fly tying materials before he got into the salmon hook business. Just like a lot of other tyers, he was extremely generous with sharing materials. Over twenty years ago, on the old VFS tying forum site, I was searching for very fine diameter deer hair that would still be good enough for flaring. He was kind enough to send me several patches to try out. I bought some of his materials at some point after that. I still use his dubbing all the time for some bass patterns. Here's a pic of some of his stuff that he had. Regards, Mark
  5. On the two that I have it's woodchuck guard hairs for the wing. He more than likely did what he did with his Usuals and Haystacks with different colors for different seasons. Regards, Mark
  6. I don't claim to be an expert on Fran's patterns, but I don't ever remember him ever calling a fly a Picket Pin. It was always Picket Finn. To add to the confusion, I went to his shop in the fall of 2004 to buy some dubbing and a few more Usuals. He was tying beadhead Picket Finns when I was there. He didn't have any Usuals available at all when he asked me what I was looking for. I asked for a half dozen Usuals and he stopped tying the Picket Finns and tied up 6 Usuals in a matter of minutes. I bought two of the Picket Finns he was tying and kept them along with a lot of other patterns that I have of his. Here's what they look like. They are size 12.
  7. Try this link from the Wayback machine https://web.archive.org/web/19991117211137/http://ausablewulff.com/flyofmonthapril.html Regards, Mark
  8. Pink Wickham's Fancy Hook: Allcocks W143 #14 Thread: Gudebrod 8/0 Brown Tail: Gallina dyed reddish brown Body: Flat gold tinsel with brown hackle palmered to the wings Ribbing: Fine gold wire Wing: Landrail primaries Hackle: Brown The Pink Wickham was evolved in 1885 by Francis Francis. The only difference from the original tie is that the wing is made from landrail instead of starling.
  9. Thank you all very much ! You're way too kind !🙂
  10. Here's my attempt at a Muddler Minnow. I tried to make it as close to the original as possible. There's quite a few sparsely dressed original pics on the net here and there. I ended up going with the one that's in Bates Streamer Tying and Fishing book, since it was tied by Gapen and was more than likely tied for presentation. Hook: Mustad 38941 size 4 Tail: A pair of mottled turkey wing slips Body: Weighted with 0.010 lead wire and old gold metal tinsel over that Wing: Grey squirrel tail just beyond the fly's tail in length, with two mottled turkey slips tied in above that. Shoulders: Fine deer hair tied in on either side of the wing so it reaches all the way back to the bend of the hook Head: A couple of clumps of deer hair spun and packed loose, clipped tapering back above and below the hook shank Thread: Red for weighted For the next one, how about a Professor wet fly. It's almost a hundred years older than this one, and most folks should have just about all the materials for it. Regards, Mark
  11. The Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear was first tied as a wet / nymph type pattern without any wings. Dressing was: Body: Dark fur from the root of a Hare's ear spun on yellow or primrose silk Ribbing: Flat gold tinsel Hackle: Long strands of body dubbing picked out with a dubbing needle Whisks: Three strands as hackle Hook: 14 to 16 This is all from the book, A Dictionary Of Trout Flies. A. Courtney Williams also wrote that he stood on dangerous ground referring to the original dressing, since nobody knows when or by whom the pattern was invented.
  12. Here's a pic of an original. You just need to have the clipped hair part a little more back from the eye. Having the right sized hair for the hook size helps big time as well.
  13. It seems to work just fine consistently when using Microsoft Edge. When I switch to Google Chrome, it's hit or miss. More so on the miss side. Regards, Mark
  14. Hi Sandan, I really like Atherton patterns too! I bought a re-print of the book quite a while back. The problem is that the re-print doesn't have the detailed color for the fly illustrations that the first edition has. Maybe on Kindal it's different. Here is an extremely good copy that a very nice person mailed to me that is as close as possible to the way that it appears in his first edition. I would have PM'd this, but it only has a URL link to the web, and not a picture attachment provision. Regards, Mark
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