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Ebay Finds – July 20th, 2010

The only reason I’m showing you this is because I already own and love a copy of this to call my own. This copy is a lot less thumbed than mine as I’ve read it cover to cover at least 5 times. The book includes the flies that Fran made famous during his lifetime including the Haystack and the Usual.

Fran Betters Fly Fishing Fly Tying & Pattern Guide
Fran Betters Fly Fishing Fly Tying & Pattern Guide - Signed

Here is a good chance to own some real streamer memorabilia. If you read the blog regularly, you have probably guessed I have a bias for featherwing streamers. I already have this issue, but I’m temped to buy it just for the streamer. Check out Duane’s flies here.

Each issue is autographed by Duane and will include one of the feature flies! The fly will be of the buyers choice (one of the 5 pictured) and will be in one of Duanes plastic, fleece-lined cases with display card insert stating the fly name, hook # and size along with Duanes signature.

Duane Vigue Fly and Art of Angling Journal
Duane Vigue Fly and Art of Angling Journal

Last we have a nice collection of fly tying materials and a Renzetti Vise. Even without the Vise, this looks like a great deal. Good luck and happy tying to whoever snags this one.

Huge Fly Tying Lot with Renzetti Vise
Huge Fly Tying Lot with Renzetti Vise

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Tribute to a Fine Tyer – Fran Betters

It is sad news to share with the fly tying communnitty, but renowned Adriondack fly tyer Francis (Fran) Betters has passed away. Fran died on Sunday, September 6th. I had just spoke with Fran a couple weeks back on the phone and this news is indeed sad. We posted back a few months ago about Fran and some of the challenges he was facing (http://flytyer.wordpress.com/2009/03/12/fran-betters-needs-our-help/). I purchased a bunch of flies to do my small part to help out and the flies have arrived and will now never see any water. The flies included The Usual, Ausable Wulff, Haystack and Ausable Caddis, some of Fran’s signature flies. Please see the article posted below for a tribute to Fran. The fly tying world has lost an icon. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

http://theflyline.wordpress.com/2009/09/08/remembering-fran-betters-sage-of-the-ausable/

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Fran Betters Needs our Help

Fran Betters Fly Plaque
Fran Betters Fly Plaque

I would love to be able to take over the operation, but the reality of it is I’ll likely just be able to order a few flies or perhaps a custom rod. I’m in debt to Fran for the usual and the fact that Snowshoe Hair is one of my top materials. Fran, we are pulling for you. Below is the text from the site.

It is simply time to be very straight forward. I am in difficulty. Too many things happened at the same time. Number One: I was FORCED to move my business and decided since I HAD to, I would do it the correct way which took everything I had. Number 2: I came down with congestive heart failure which is now in its end stages and Number 3, the economy decided to tank all at the same time. How about that for a bit of luck? I cannot QUIT until I find a buyer for my business of forty seven years. I have to try and survive somehow.

So I am asking for some help. If you have been considering buying one of my rods, please do so now. It could possibly be one of the last ones made. I know my days are numbered. Or one of the framed collectibles with a dozen of the flies I created, let me make one for you now. I could definitely use the business.

Some of you say I am a legend but I have always considered myself just one of you all. I never sought the limelight nor took advantage of many opportunities I had over my forty seven years of business. Money never really motivated me. Big money at least. Perhaps I made a mistake. The place I find myself in right now seems to indicate that. So what I would like to ask of you all is this. I know my days are very limited and I MUST find a buyer so would everyone please network and if you know of anyone who would be interested in being my successor, please send them my way. I want to meet them before I pass on. The price is very low and the deal is absolutely turnkey. It is listed with a wonderful agent in Lake Placid, Margie Philo who is Adirondack Premiere Properties. Here is a link to see the information. http://www.adkpp.com/?page_id=112

Thank you everyone in advance for any help you can give. Fran

Visit http://ausablewulff.com if you can help out one of the modern day fly fishing legends.

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