An Anglers Day Thoughts on a Way of Life:
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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