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by bearbutt
Thu May 21, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: The Bar Stool
Topic: looking for high quality photo of Preston innings
Replies: 5
Views: 543

Re: looking for high quality photo of Preston innings

Gary, can you explain a little more about the situation at AMFF? I've heard form several people the challenges they've had gaining access to the collection for research purposes--people with legitimate research interests--who have been rebuffed, or asked to pay fees to do research--soemthing I know ...
by bearbutt
Tue May 19, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Streamers & Bucktails
Topic: Carrie Stevens, the hard way (long winded)
Replies: 46
Views: 15106

Re: Carrie Stevens, the hard way (long winded)

Thanks, Gary. I'm very happy with how these are coming along. Probably less a labor of love than a labor of madness, lol.

Time to go fishing!--will get back to them later in the summer.

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by bearbutt
Mon May 18, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Streamers & Bucktails
Topic: Carrie Stevens, the hard way (long winded)
Replies: 46
Views: 15106

Re: Carrie Stevens, the hard way (long winded)

Thanks, Dana! Dana's care package included some Mustad 3907B hooks in #4, and a huge pile a beautiful hackle from the 1940s--duns of different shades and badgers and grizzly--all perfect for tying Stevens-style streamers. (And a very special set of flies tied by The Master, which requires a separate...
by bearbutt
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Streamers & Bucktails
Topic: Carrie Stevens, the hard way (long winded)
Replies: 46
Views: 15106

Re: Carrie Stevens, the hard way (long winded)

I've starting dyeing hackle for the Carrie Stevens project. Part of the trick to dyeing hackle is to create a slightly variegated effect. Colors in nature are rarely 'pure' or 'solid': they're usually a bit 'dirty,' flecked with ambient color and shading, which you don't notice until you look closel...
by bearbutt
Sun Apr 19, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: The Bar Stool
Topic: Flyfishinginmaine.com
Replies: 4
Views: 747

Re: Flyfishinginmaine.com

Yeah--FFIM crapped out. Using Firefox you can't pull up anything. Using Chrome you can access the archive. But that's it. A year or so ago they planned to migrate to a new platform and trash the old one--but a bunch of people said there's too much good stuff in the archive to just throw it all out, ...
by bearbutt
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Streamers & Bucktails
Topic: Carrie Stevens, the hard way (long winded)
Replies: 46
Views: 15106

Re: Carrie Stevens, the hard way (long winded)

Here was my little dissertation on floss: https://theriverscourse.blogspot.com/2011/08/floss-flavors.html LOL, thanks, Gary!--there's good stuff here, I wish I saw this before I started my own floss studies! I'll have to try your up-and-and-down the shank routine, it seems so obvious the way you de...
by bearbutt
Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Streamers & Bucktails
Topic: Carrie Stevens, the hard way (long winded)
Replies: 46
Views: 15106

Re: Carrie Stevens, the hard way (long winded)

Tinsel hooksets are done; time to turn to the floss hooksets now. One of the biggest challenges with fly tying flosses is finding the right density/thickness, and the right color. For Carrie Stevens streamers, orange, red and black are used most frequently. Orange is the trickiest; it can range from...
by bearbutt
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Streamers & Bucktails
Topic: Carrie Stevens, the hard way (long winded)
Replies: 46
Views: 15106

Re: Carrie Stevens, the hard way (long winded)

Thanks, Gary. I agree Lagartun tinsel is great stuff--and also their silk floss. I think there are two differences between Lagartun and some of the older Vernie tinsels: 1) Lagartun feels slightly thinner--though I need to confirm this with a micrometer. For some tying applications this is an advant...
by bearbutt
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Streamers & Bucktails
Topic: Carrie Stevens, the hard way (long winded)
Replies: 46
Views: 15106

Re: Carrie Stevens, the hard way (long winded)

I really like the Carrie Stevens style flies, I'll probably never fish them they just look darn nice. Agreed!--And as well, the entire process of learning to tie them is an exercise in fly tying forensics--especially as Stevens left few notes about her process. One of the most satisfying and beauti...
by bearbutt
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Streamers & Bucktails
Topic: Carrie Stevens, the hard way (long winded)
Replies: 46
Views: 15106

Re: Carrie Stevens, the hard way (long winded)

I've been organizing materials to remake the Carrlie Stevens archive project that was stolen two years ago--that story can be found here: https://www.sparsegreymatter.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=14219 The starting point is always hooks, it seems. I originally tied on Martinek hooks, and some Allcock 18...