An Angler’s Day — Thoughts on a Way of Life: Gordon Wickstrom On a recent Saturday morning in a local fly shop, I overheard three accomplished fly-tiers talking about hackle. Their conversation startled me, when one of them said that he had been offered perfect light-dun, saddle hackles, fully a foot long, absolutely regular throughout their webb-free length for size twenty hooks, their barbules stiff and glossy, their stem exquisitely fine. “But who wants them now?” one tier said. “Who needs them?” said another ...
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