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In Topic: Who is the administrator here these days?

29 April 2017 - 02:30 PM



I haven't been here for awhile but visited today. I see your posts if that helps. Cannot answer your question about administrator. It also looks like there is very little activity on the site. It appears to me, and this is highly speculative, that forums on boards like this are going the way of the dodo.


In Topic: Wings first, or tail?

24 February 2017 - 04:02 AM

"According to Mike Valla, though, no less an authority than Walt Dette was suspicious of Rube's published instructions. Walt, Winnie, and Harry Darbee, in teaching themselves to tie way back when, had taken apart Rube's flies to see how it was done, and one of the things they discovered was that the wings had been tied in before the tails. So there was a direct contradiction between Cross's instructions and his own flies."


Without going back to the books you referenced, here's something to ponder. Walt Dette and Harry Darbee examined Cross' flies when they were just starting to tie (1920s or so). Cross wrote his book 20-30 years later. Maybe Cross changed his style between their examination and his book writing? It's certainly not uncommon for a tiers' techniques to evolve. In fact, I'd say it would be very common for a tier to try various methods and techniques as he/she gains more experience.This might be especially true with commercial tiers like Cross as they try to improve speed or uniformity. I don't necessarily see a contradiction.