Great work Grahame. So many versions of this one around each with a slightly different dressing. I’ve never been one to try to decide on which dressing I’d favor to fish. The variations are all lovely and this one is no exception.
Francis Francis writes of this as being a decidedly topping parson, a sort of bishop or archbishop, in fact, and not for every-day use; we only bring him out when the feelings of the salmon, having resisted all ordinary persuasiveness, require to be very strongly appealed to. What is your opinion Grahame? Fish it anytime or only when all else fails. LOL
Thomas, I often find great interest (and occasionally humor) when I read comments from the old classic salmon fly pattern books. The language is often very “stilted” and sometimes a bit too “nose in the air snooty” for me. I sometimes wonder how the authors managed to walk around with their huge “swelled heads”. LOL
They were some real funny people. They wrote more about personal opinions, and therefore with their own words. Men that Tried to promote themselves and their flies AS well as showing tecniques that might improve the tying of the reader. I read the books often. I get more and more used to the language.
First my apologies to you Grahame for “hijacking” the thread here. Again, this is a beautiful work of art and deserves to be praised by all who view it
Next, since I’ve gone this far, just one more comment to you Thomas. You have the great patience required to tie the classics, some even”in hand”. It must be that patience that lets you “get used to the language”. My only regret at this point is that I’m not likely to be fishing earthly streams when you take your place with the “best” and are more widely recognized for your skills. This recognition of course takes time and at my age, this is one commodity I doubt I’ll have enough of.
Hi Bill and Thomas more than happy to be hijacked by two gentleman chewing the fat talking about flies and fishing couldn’t be better going back to your question to me bill I hope to fish these flys someday I can try to tie them but am no expert in fishing them unfortunately
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