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23-11-2011, 02:08 PM #11
I think Halford was refered to by Skues on more than 1 occasion as the High Priest and in many respects ribbing aside Halford was held in high esteem by Skues.
There has been much written about the rift between Kite and Sawyer, it's true that Sawyers ideas for fishing the nymph featured in Kites book, a fact of which Kite was only too well aware as the book came about from much collaboration with Sawyer and in his introduction Kite stated the book could never have been written without Sawyers input. Many see Sawyer as progressing the Nymph and its fishing on from what had been Skues initial work, even Skues helped Sawyer to get his work published as he supposidly stated that this was an advancement to his original work on the subject, i suppose the question is was the conflict between Kite and Sawyer as real as people make out ?, i have even heard that there was resentment from Sawyer towards Kite when a white Jaguar car came into Kites ownership, a car Sawyer saw Kite driving daily, there are many such tales all without any real foundation.
As for Kelson, well how many saw him as a bit of a wide boy ?, i doubt if Marston was in the minority here.
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23-11-2011, 04:36 PM #15
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as regards Skues I think you are not correct, certainly each of his books I seem to open seems full of tiresome spite towards Halford, who seems to have been a kindly man.
In Itchen Memories Skues rejoices in bagging five brace or so to Halfords one - rather autisticly perhaps,
This piece and the lower paragraphs thereof rather bears me out:
Halford and Skues: “This Chalkstream Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us” | MidCurrent
tight lines to you now.
Last edited by compagnito; 23-11-2011 at 05:41 PM.
23-11-2011, 05:51 PM #19
That link is an interesting read, although i must say i have always thought that Halfords style of exact imitation was damaging to the development of the dry fly, much prefering the works of say Dunne, Marinaro & La Branche.
yes regarding Halford those following took the dry fly forwards tremendously.
exact imitation possibly is limited to hawthorn and mayfly, of the others I'm not sure there are enough to exactly imitate at present.
I'm not claiming Halford's doctrines are to be adhered to, but rather pointing out the spiteful vitriol which Skues produced.
as regards Sawyer I read recently that his use of copper wire was unique, as to sunk nymphs I'm not too sure. he fished regularly with Charles Ritz who knew continental techniques well, which probably included using metal beads to sink the nymph.