Never known as much of a neat freak, the cave really took a beating...materials and books everywhere...not to mention flies!
Thought you might get a giggle out of the carnage:
Finally got around to organizing the flies in alpha order. Caught several mistakes in numbering and found that I either lost or didn't tie #28 - a Grizzly King. Back to the vise. Sigh.
A few pics of the finished collection (click on the pic to see larger version):
A few close-ups:
Logie converted to hairwing:
Night Hawk converted to hairwing:
For the purposes of the book, I had to compile a list of the dressings for all 66 flies. That was a task. I started with flies I knew and had proven themselves to me. Then I went on to flies my friends like, finally filling out the collection with flies that had heavy history or just plain ol' were pretty. Here's a key to the flies, just by name, in case you see one that piques your interest:
1. Arthur Taylor Special 2. Atherton Squirrel Tail 3. Big Intervale Blue 4. Black Bear Green Butt 5. Black Bomber 6. Black Coltrin 7. Black Dose conversion 8. Black Ghost.
9. Blue Charm 10. Bondatti's Killer 11. Bonnie Belle 12. Cains Copper 13. Celtic Beauty
14. Claret Killer 15. Colburn Special 16. Copper Killer 17 Cosseboom (Miramichi)
18. Cosseboom Special 19. Crosfield 20. Deere Fly 21. Deer Lake Special 22. Dick's Demon
23. Emerald Queen 24. Fulkro 25. Garry Dog 26. Glitter Bear 27. Green Picasse
28. Grizzly King 29. Icy Blue 30. John Olin 31. Jones' Special 32. Laxa Blue
33. Little Red Wing 34. Logie conversion 35. Miramichi Special 36. Munroe Killer
37. Night Hawk conversion 38. Picture Province 39. Pompier 40. Rat (Blue)
41. Rat (Green) 42. Rat (Rusty) 43. Rat (Silver) 44. Red Abbey 45. Roger's Fancy
46. Rutledge 47. Same Thing Murray 48. Silver Down East 49. Undertaker 50. Warden Watcher
51. Ally's Shrimp 52. Cascade 53. CB Shrimp 54. Flamethrower 55. Life on Mars
57. Blue Smelt 58. Deep Green Beauty hairwing 59. Golden Eagle 60. Ice Runner
61. Magog Smelt 62. Miramichi Special 63. Renous Special 64. Rose of New England
65. Royal Smelt 66. Tanner's Blue Smelt
Well, it was a lot of work but, in the end, very rewarding. I suppose the next thing on the agenda is to clean the Cave...sometime soon.