Rangeley Style Swap
From The Swapmeister....|
It was inevitable that the folks on Raske's "Streamers" mailing list
would eventually partake in a swap of Rangeley style streamers. Since my
experience with this genre of flies is so limited, I was chomping at the bit for
someone to host a swap. From the classic flies of Carrie Stevens to the
modern works of Mike Martinek and others, I just can't seem to get
enough of them. I believe what captures me the most is that they are as
fishable as they are beautiful.
Although the swap rules were pretty basic - a swap of traditional
Rangeley style streamers - the results were anything but ordinary. We have flies
that span the range from smaller casting sizes to trollers, from
established classical patterns to modern innovations. It just goes to show how
inventive people can be even when presented with a pretty specific set of
I got out of the swap exactly what I was hoping for - a deeper
apprecation of these magnificent flies. From selecting materials to constructing
the flies to choosing patterns, the entire swap was a learning experience.
Too all the swappers, thank you very much for your contributions. I
hope we can do it again sometime.
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