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by bearbutt
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: The Bar Stool
Topic: Fate
Replies: 8
Views: 423

Re: Fate

I've long said that there are only two kinds of anglers: those who have driven off with a rod on the roof, and those that will someday drive off with a rod on the roof. That's a really good way of putting it! It reminds me of a saying I heard from a veterinarian during a trip to Michigan's Upper Pe...
by bearbutt
Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Fran's Ausable Stonefly
Replies: 31
Views: 3159

Re: Fran's Ausable Stonefly

No word on the project as far as I know. When looking back through the thread I noticed all my links were dead--so I have restored them. The stone was working very well yesterday on the Ausable--and for the first time the fish have been looking up. The fly can be skated very fast--which is useful wh...
by bearbutt
Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: The Bar Stool
Topic: Fate
Replies: 8
Views: 423

Fate

Well, it finally happened… the one dumb thing every fisherman has done at least once finally caught up to me: I forgot my rod on the roof of the car. A good Paul Young 8' bamboo rod and a nice Godfrey bench-made fly reel—too much $$$$ to think about. My excuse was I was tired. The fishing day had be...
by bearbutt
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: Hewitt's Neversink Skater
Replies: 139
Views: 18966

Re: Hewitt's Neversink Skater

Rummaging around I found this somewhat misplaced leader that although much shorter than called for by ERH might have kept the skaters from twisting too much. Thanks, Charlie. The 'twisting' problem you describe is one reason Joe Brooks favored fishing smaller Skaters over larger ones--because the l...
by bearbutt
Thu May 30, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: Hewitt's Neversink Skater
Replies: 139
Views: 18966

Re: Hewitt's Neversink Skater

Dana, Thanks, yes--sort of. But the Darbees were founded, as CWFly pointed out to me, in 1935, first catalogue in 1938--so this one would be 1950? Either way, it's close enough to indicate that Hewitt was still alive at this time--so the fact they listed their skaters as "Extra large spiders" is sig...
by bearbutt
Wed May 29, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: Hewitt's Neversink Skater
Replies: 139
Views: 18966

Re: Hewitt's Neversink Skater

Thanks, Ted--exactly what I was looking for!--"Extra Large spiders, same patterns as above but much larger diameter."

Do you have a date for the list? It would have to be after 1946, when Wetzel's book (mentioned in the catalogue) was published.

Many thanks again,
bb
by bearbutt
Tue May 28, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: Hewitt's Neversink Skater
Replies: 139
Views: 18966

Darbee Question

Does anyone have copies of the Darbee catalogues? If so, can you check to see if they offered Skaters for sale? If so, can you post a photo/scan of the relevant page? It seems the only listing I can find of Skaters for sale is in the Hewitt 1937 catalogue, where they were $3.50 per dozen. If anyone ...
by bearbutt
Thu May 16, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: Hewitt's Neversink Skater
Replies: 139
Views: 18966

Re: Hewitt's Neversink Skater

Charlie--once again, you nailed it. I had quite forgotten about your post. What perplexed me about the flies I have is that all were palmered but only some were Bivisibles; others were all brown, or black, or badger, or even white--and one was Grizzly--which I now see is your Colonel Monnell. One in...
by bearbutt
Wed May 15, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: Hewitt's Neversink Skater
Replies: 139
Views: 18966

Re: Hewitt's Neversink Skater

Thanks, Charlie--. Dick Hunt was for a while president of the Angler's Club of New York--. In one of the Bulletins, Hunt was described like this: "outwardly Dick is a nice example of a big shot downtown lawyer--a man of affairs who can disembowel a balance sheet, dynamite a log jam, articulate a mer...
by bearbutt
Tue May 14, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: Hewitt's Neversink Skater
Replies: 139
Views: 18966

Re: Hewitt's Neversink Skater

Charlie-- 1940?! That's at least ten years earlier than I had surmised--thank you so much for this! Can I ask what newspaper the announcement was in? The other big piece of news in this tidbit is that the other fellow was Dick Hunt--not Sparse--and about Dick I know nothing at all, and need to do so...