Last year I tied a bunch of Ausable Wulffs for C. D. Clarke, a very well-known sporting artist that happens to live near me and whom I run into around town and at the Tewksbury Inn. When I brought the flies to him, knowing he hunted birds and ducks, I asked if he could swap some woodduck flank feathers in lieu of paying me. He was glad to oblige, but with our busy schedules I forgot about it, and in reality, I was happy to tie the flies for him with nothing in return but knowing he would fish them with the same passion that I tied them with.
Fast forward to last week. I was having dinner at the Tewksbury Inn and C.D. was there having dinner also. We talked for a minute or two, than them he said he'd be right back. While he went to his car I got caught up with his constant companion, Tracey Warmus, on their recent Atlantic salmon fishing trip. In perhaps five minutes time, he came back in carrying a clear bag full of woodduck flank feathers. For a Catskill fly tyer, this is more valuable than gold and I was and am very grateful for his generosity. Since then, I've been using it to tie some of my favorite dry flies - traditional Catskill dry flies. Here's a Quill Gordon I tied on top of two of my favorite fly tying things, a Rite Bobbin and 6/0 Olive Danville thread.
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It's fairly likely that many of you have seen C.D.'s work in one of the many hunting and fishing magazines. He does beautiful work, and he is a heck of a nice guy, too. Check out his resume and work by clicking here: C.D. Clarke
Sharpen your hooks!