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PostPosted: September 5th, 2018, 3:50 pm 
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Joined: December 2nd, 2001, 1:00 am
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Do you like really good tying bobbins? Thank Frank Mattarelli. I have four of his wonderful bobbins. He passed away a few weeks ago.

Like tying with z-Lon? Thank John Betts. He passed away earlier this week.

We really are losing......quickly......The giants of our sport.

As I no longer drink alcohol I can’t pour a sip or two of good whiskey, but I will go to the tying room downstairs and tie a few trout flies with my Matterelli bobbins......and I’ll make sure to tie on z-Lon tails in honor of Mr. Betts.

Dave M

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PostPosted: September 6th, 2018, 6:40 am 
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Through the years I started collecting a few of Franks tools. His whip finishers are what the others are measured against. I have several and saved the envelope and instructions with a couple of them. Great tools and made in the USA by hand. Your right Dave the legends are passing.

I'll do the sipping for you Dave :D


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PostPosted: September 6th, 2018, 8:23 am 
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Yeah Bill........I too have a Matterelli whip finisher, and a knock-off. I reach for the real Matterelli every time. I will admit that I envy the guys/gals that can whip finish by hand, I’ve never been able to master that skill. That Matterelli truly is the proverbial cat’s ass.

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PostPosted: September 16th, 2018, 9:32 am 
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Well Dave, Since you do not drink alcohol, I will take it as a personal honor to have 2 sips for each of these gentlemen. Sleep well my friends, and Dave, if you hear of anyone else passing away that you would like to honor (anyone at all, doesn't have to be fishing related) please let me know ASAP. Terry

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