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#4 Matuka Fly by Ralph Graves, Ralph Graves Collector Fly, Matuka #4

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#4 Matuka Fly by Ralph Graves, Ralph Graves Collector Fly, Matuka #4

#4 Matuka Fly by Ralph Graves, Ralph Graves Collector Fly, Matuka #4

This is a Vintage Collector Fly tied by known Catskill Fly Tyer Ralph Graves.  I have a very large collection of Ralph's flies. He was a close personal friend and he was constantly giving me flies over a several decade period. My collection includes Dry Flies, Wet Flies, Streamer Flies , Salmon Flies and some of his original creations. The reality is that I have had these flies sitting in boxes for years. Recently I have been fishing some but many are just too nice to fish. They belong in frames or displayed in some other fashion. I have picked out the ones that I plan to keep and will be listing the remainder of my collection for sale. Included in the listing will be flies packaged on Ralph's business cards. Some have signatures, some don't. Those who met Ralph or saw him tie, in his shop, in my shop or at shows know that wet flies on cards were what most people had the opportunity to purchase.  I will also be listing a large amount of Dry Flies which were never available in any quantity. All of the flies in my listings were given to me directly by Ralph. For a lot of years Ralph spent his afternoons in my fly shop. He would always tie a fly or two and he always left them for me. Many of these flies are from that period.


Matuka Streamer / Wet #4 - Another fly that Ralph loved to tie. He used to look at about every feather on a saddle before he would pluck a few for this style fly. Back when I grew hackle birds he would ask me to bring him a bird that caught his eye. He would sit the bird on his lap, stroke the feathers and inspect it. He would usually pluck a few feathers and in a day or two he would hand me one of these.

 This particular fly is on Ralphs card and includes his signature.