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Darrell Philbrook from Crouseville, Maine, was the 5th tyer to send his fly photos to Salmonfly.Net in the early days. I wrote at the time that "he is a tyer  with a keen interest in the classics and had  been tying for over 50 years, (Wow!)". The website he displayed his flies on was called The Aroostook Fly Tyer, which he described as site that "will endeavor to promote the conservation of the cold water species of fishes, trout and salmon and also to promote the art of tying and dressing (as it is referred to in classic salmon flies) of flies, on the how to's and where's, in getting materials, and fishing conditions for the northern Maine area."  The site is no longer in existence as far as I know, and I have not heard from Darrell since then. This is what he said about himself back then.

I am a proud Mainer. I started to tie flies back in 1954. When I started I was just tying and fishing simple concoctions to imitate something that would catch a brookie. Well, then one week my mother came home from shopping and happened to have a Family Circle magazine and in it was the first, I think, printed Nolls Flyting Guide and then things started to look up somewhat. By the way, I still have that first copy of Nolls original. Since then it has been one of the nicest hobbies that anybody with any patience at all could enjoy. Most of the time it has been a hobby, but like most tiers, to support the habit I have sold a bunch of flies. I started to dress salmon flies back in the early 70's and still do a few flies a year. Using them has decreased somewhat, but the urge to dress them is still there. I hope everybody will enjoy looking at the different renditions of my classic flies, and comparing the different techniques of the different Classic Fly Dressers.

Darrell Philbrook

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Dunkeld Lady Amherst Kate Green Highlander Gordon Quinchat Durham Ranger

 

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