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#1 Jim_Montgomery

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 02:40 AM

After reading this numerous times in Farlows, what is it?

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#2 mfhughesjr

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 07:57 PM

Jim,

 

Which Farlow's catalogue(s) did this come from, or was there another source?  I'll be glad to do some digging, once you let me know, and see what I can find.

 

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 06:07 PM

Magnifique is the cryptic name of a feather used by George Kelson in a few of his patterns, most notably the infamous Little Inky Boy. He had the feather dyed a specific crimson colour by a company in Paris. He claimed the feather contained near magical fish catching qualities.

Paul ROSSMAN confirmed the true identity of the feather which is from one of the birds of paradise.

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 11:18 PM

Marc,

 

Thanks. Yes, there is the article on Stuart's website with pictures of the dyed feathers. More Kelsonian claims!

 

To read the note attached, even Kelson was substituting for feathers he didn't have or couldn't get -- querula cruenta, or purple-throated fruit-crow. Wish the auction image was clearer, as the feathers to the immediate right of the dyed pair might be fruit-crow.

 

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 06:42 PM

After reading this numerous times in Farlows, what is it?

I like your quote on the bottom of your reply, however I knew of a man that was of a different cloth. My Polish grandfather, who spoke broken English, lived in Buffalo, NY and fished in the Niagara River every day possible. He had a 16ft aluminum boat with an 18 hp Johnson motor. He was known as a very good fisherman and other anglers tried to follow him. He caught some colossal walleye and when he did, he cut them in thirds before he walked or took the bus home. He never bragged, and avoided attention. After a big catch he would call the family to come to his house to see the fish. I remember as a boy in the early 60's going to his house to see a walleye that was over 20 lbs, and a Blue Pike (relative of the walleye) that was one of the last ever caught before their extinction.