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Default Re: The "Skunk Hair Caddis"

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Ever since learning about Charlie Brooks in my reading of the Dave Hughes books, I have been impressed by the way that Charlie Brooks used patterns that transitioned from simply Caddis imitations, into Stonefly imitations.

General researches into the thinking of Charlie Brooks has lead me to some very interesting patterns. I've even bought about 5 patterns in the fly shops just to work from the various Stonefly examples in my own tying. I bought a few more just to fish with.
Charlie Brooks was ahead of his time in many ways, his Brooks method of tight line nymphing for example.

Heres a Charlie Brooks story that goes back to the time when he first moved to West Yellowstone, Montana in 1964.

Shortly after moving there he heard in a fly shop about of a mysterious fly fisher who was catching all these huge trout on the Madison River. The tale was that a mystery man was wearing camouflage clothing and sneaking along the banks of the Madison pulling out huge fish.

So Charlie started to look for this unknown fly fisher. But Charlie never saw him despite the fact that he was always fishing. It dawned on Charlie that the mystery man was him.

Charlie retired as a major in the USAF and he often wore his Air Force camo when fishing. Charlie knew the value "blending in" to spot fish before they spotted him.
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Since were discussing Charles Brooks, I have one of his books, The Living River ( 1979 1st edition) that I bought as part of a "lot" and have no interest in.
If anyone wants it, I'll send it to you for the cost of shipping.
bruceducer, you should have the right of first refusal
PM me if you're interested
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Actually it's more like my life-long dedication to being a tightwad.
Curious...

What do you do? skin, wash, stretch, flesh and borax or what?

What kind of stretchers (if you use them) - hoops, plywood, wire stretchers?
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