Lady Fly Dressers

A writing to Dewey Gillespie from a very respected friend AJH)

Women of refinement and gentle manner, have been tying classic salmon flies since the mid 19th century.  A Mrs. Courtney originated a classic salmon fly called “The Kate.”  It was first fished on the Scottish river Tweed in the mid 1850’s. Francis Francis described “The Kate” in his book, a book on angling (1867), as one of the new flies for the river Tweed The work of many of the world’s best fly-dressers is women.  Remember!  If it were not for women, we would not have men fly-dressers found throughout the world today.  Ladies, you are second to none.