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    Default CAPT. GD HAMILTON - Just Old Flies - April 19, 2010

    CAPT. GD HAMILTON

    Capt. GD Hamilton was one of the early British settlers who, in the late 1800s, stocked New Zealand Rivers with brown and rainbow trout. Capt. Hamilton originally hailed from the north of England, and wrote the first book on angling in New Zealand, of which I have a facsimile copy of his 1904 edition. It is entitled ?Trout fishing and sport in Maoriland?. He felt, as do many still today, that fly selection was something that was made to be far more complicated than it is.

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    Captain Hamilton hailing from north of England (Scotland) is probably the reason that 3 of the 5 flies shown in the display are obviously "Clyde Style" soft hackle wet flies. Clyde Style (from the river Clyde) has a unique wing shape that is unmistakable. With all the adaptations through the years, with new fly categories (dry, nymph, emerger…) these soft hackle wet flies are still very effective at catching fish. ~Parnelli
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    Jeff,

    Excellent bit of history there, Mate. I love knowing the history of flies and fisheries. Thanks for sharing that. Those wee flees you dressed look like they will do the business in any waters.

    Is the reprint of that fine book readily available. Sounds like one for the book shelf.

    REE
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    Hi Jeff, very nice flies. I enjoyed seeing them in colour as i have only ever seen B&W reproductions.
    All the best.
    Mike

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    Wonderful article! I really enjoyed it.

    Zac

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    ?Trout fishing and sport in Maoriland?, written by Capt. G.D. Hamilton was reprinted in 1994 and is available for about $30.

    "Clydey Style Flies and their dressings, written by John Reid, had a limited printing of a 1000 books in 1971, and had a reprinting a couple years ago. The 1st edtions are going for over a $176, but the 2nd is the same book (including cover that cost a lot less). ~Parnelli

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