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    Default Fly tying materials 50 years ago?

    At the Tower of Sports on Howe Avenue I was allowed to manage the fishing department.

    Every week I ordered more fly tying materials because that is what was selling.

    The general fishing tackle kept shrinking week by week.

    We became the best place to go for fly tying materials.

    We bought prepackaged materials from old companies like "Hackle House", "Hashes Herl & Hackle", "Buz's",

    Don Fraser in Rough and Ready.

    Much of what you buy today did not even exist.


    Just found this today in my stash.........

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    You could probably sell that “vintage” chenille for a lot more than 25 Cents nowadays. I’m surprised you haven’t used it all up in all the years, it looks like good stuff.
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    I was sorting through my packages of dry fly dubbing last night and came across a bag of rust colored Fly-rite dubbing. It still has the $.50 sticker on it. Must be 40 years old.

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    A trip down memory lane. It's cool when you find stuff like that - conjures up old memories of the first fly you tied and the first fish you caught on that fly. Herter's was my original source back in the early 70's. I still have my Herter's vice, hackle pliers, a Herter's catalog or two, some small stiff paper envelopes of hooks with a Herter's label on the outside, probably some other stuff buried in there.

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    I was going through some of my antique stuff last week. I ran across some materials from Hackle and Tackle, Herter's, The Hackle House and even some package India rooster necks from Buz's fly shop. I use to drive from Monterey once or sometimes twice a month to visit Buz's and buy a ton of materials. Eventually I started tying up some of Buz's fly and trade for materials. Two nights ago I ran across some thing a few people would like to have. It's a 1961 Sports Afield Fishing Annual. It's amazing what you run across when you start digging into some of your old stuff. It even has that "old crusty" smell. I know somewhere in my "tucked away" stuff, I have an old Herter's catalog. I have a few photo's of some of my items but don't know how to post photo's on this site.
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    I just posted a photo of the magazine on my FB page.
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    And just think how fortunate we were. The people who tied flies before there were suppliers like Herter's and Hackle & Tackle. They had to find their own materials. They schmoozed chicken farmers, deer and duck hunters, picked up and skinned road kill. Finding a true grade A dry fly neck was probably a pretty rare occurrence back then.

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    Iím a bit older than I appear. Field and Stream is June 1941. Itís got Babe Ruth endorsements for cars in the ads. Seems Iím unable to load my old chenilles. Will try again. Been lurkin for about a year. Thanks for the welcome
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    Nice Field and Stream cover and welcome to the board.

    Totally off topic but.....Speaking of Babe Ruth, my grandfather saw him play. August 24, 1919 in Detroit. It was a Sunday and the seats were sold out so they had standing room only on the warning track. They used to sell standing room on the warning track. I went to a spring training game in 1984 and stood on the warning track. Ty Cobb was playing for Detroit. Babe Ruth hit two home runs and the Red Sox won. I have the article from the Detroit paper.
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    Slow but got it
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