Older Smoky Patterns
An article appeared in NC Wildlife Magazine almost 20 years ago thet had some artist drawings and photographs of older patterns. Many mentioned in the previous postings. That got me interested in tying. I got my first kit from Paul & Faye Hughes in Linville. Faye showed me a few flies from her youth, One called the Back Scratcher. That got me started. From there I met Kevin Howell, Roger Lowe, and Jim Casada. I've gotten their books and tapes etc to learn many of these patterns. They have shared their thoughts and ideas when I have seen them at show or their shop. Ilook forward to one day meeting Hugh Hartsell, Ray Ball and Walter Babb. Having a group at Troutfest next year would be fantastic. It would be a great way to keep these patterns and their history alive.