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Old 04-15-2010, 09:19 PM
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I enjoyed Jim's article as well, he has a pleasant and easy style that I enjoy. When I started thinking about some of the good Smoky Mt fly tiers that I have know in addition to some of the ones he named. 2 came to mind that were not mentioned that I feel should be on anyones list. Walter Babb and Hugh Hartsell measure up against any I have ever know. Walter's thread and tool management is second to no one I have ever seen tie in person, and I've see quite a few good ones. Hugh's vast expanse of patterns and his imitations of his observations in nature will be a standard for generations to come. I'm sure there are many, many others that I simply just have not had a chance to observer their work. I'm looking forward to Troutfest to fill in some of those gaps.
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