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#1 Miketownend


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Posted 13 December 2014 - 11:50 AM


      for those of yous who are interested, here are some better pictures and i will name them later, as i have got 80 unknowns from this box and trying to use the day light while we have it. Bud if you want to shift this to the appropriate place in time please feel free. there is one rogan for yous , looks like a good dozen and a half more to come, the best examples are in the frames. im just working through the boxes of spare and unknowns.


best regards Mike 

the flees are rogan erne,  ,grey claret, lee blue & grey claret jay, plain shannon by ff, yellow antony, moy no 7, myster  irish blue doctor, fiery brown, claret jay, irish thunder & lighting, lemon grey, parson by ff claret golden olive, golden olive

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#2 lukas


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Posted 13 December 2014 - 12:52 PM

Brilliant and good to yap about phone cut out dont worry will speak next sat


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Posted 13 December 2014 - 01:23 PM

Thanks Mike, very nice set of flees.



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#4 Dale A. Darling

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Posted 13 December 2014 - 02:39 PM

Thanks Mike.


This is a great project!


I find it interesting that these many "styles" mime what we see here from our tying friends.


Hope you're well.



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#5 phil j

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Posted 13 December 2014 - 03:54 PM

cool stuff mike  what sizes are they   good we can see a close up   




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Posted 13 December 2014 - 04:03 PM

Very nice collection Mike.



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Posted 13 December 2014 - 04:40 PM

Thank you very much, for showing this fine Collections of Irish Flees


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#8 lukas


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Posted 13 December 2014 - 08:03 PM

You know the more i go back and look i see that much to learn and draw on had a good blether with you on them today Mike which i enjoyed, a lot of we theories discussed and ideas superb made my day
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#9 Marc LeBlanc

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Posted 13 December 2014 - 08:44 PM

Exquisite flies Mike and they all seem to be in "proper" fishing sizes (2s and smaller I presume).



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Posted 13 December 2014 - 08:59 PM

Wonderful Collections Mike !!!!

Thanks for sharing !!






#11 Bud Guidry

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Posted 13 December 2014 - 09:56 PM

Mike knowing your extent tying these old flies. Do you ever run into unknown patterns? Flies that a tier may have tied. Without recipe? One of a kind?





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Posted 14 December 2014 - 12:24 AM

Excellent collection of flies Mike...thanks for bringing them here.

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#13 Charlie Vestal

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Posted 14 December 2014 - 02:08 AM



An excellent collection of flies.  I'm hoping you have a way of identifying a specific fly so that when one of us dresses a duplicate you will not have to search high and low to find the one in the collection.  Maybe something like Box 2 -- #12 or something similar.


I'm looking forward to seeing lots more of these.



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#14 mark m

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Posted 14 December 2014 - 04:35 AM

Mike, thanks for taking the time to do this, I think it's important for everyone, who's interested in the history of the old flies to get to see the real thing. I know it is for me.



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Posted 14 December 2014 - 05:42 AM

Charlie, Mike is working out a numbering system as we discuss this .  Certainly would be a mess otherwise

Bud There are lots as you describe, I daresay Mike will fill you in

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Posted 14 December 2014 - 08:56 AM

Dear MIKE and KIM,


Soooooooooooooo much to like...


I can only show my fullest of respect and admiration ...for the EFFORTS YOU putted in allready to SHOW them from closeby HERE...and for US !!!


I am sure it will 'open' some new windows for some of our members...


pstttttttttt Mike I got Peter on the 'line' Friday in the forevening...If YOU are not overdemanding I am in to 'help' YOU tie a half dozen or dozen 'next' year !!!...(need each week or better for me ...each two weeks a photo of one of those 'sexy old' specimens hahahahaha)...


Greetings to Kim and the girls...


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Posted 15 December 2014 - 06:00 PM

Hi Folks, 

             As you know this is a big collection, flies dating from the 1840's to 1920's. It is a good cross section through history,you will come across many styles and some interesting techniques, you will also come across a fusion between the old and new style. so from now on i would like you to take it as general observations not pure fact, as i have learnt over the years there are many contradictions. As for the names bud , im sure many had names but are lost in history. There appears to be so  amateur one offs. The bulk of the flies are professionally tyed. Charlie- me and bob is away to finish off box 2. they Irish is box 12. they flies i have shown you are roughly 2/0 down to 9s however there is many 12s in the collection fully dressed. i will keep posting up good examples of standards, as i come across them. Dave and Barry did a good job on their recant book but i still think there is a ton of flies there, many in the style of traherne , he was not the only one. if i can remind you , two of the flies in the don collection made it in to Judith durhams book and i see quite a few of yous have tyed them on the fourm already.


Best Regards Mike  

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Posted 16 December 2014 - 07:29 AM

Brilliant stuff, Mike. Thank you.


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Posted 16 December 2014 - 03:41 PM

Fantastic stuff Mike.

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:58 PM