Ralph Graves FISHING FLY , Ralph Graves Collector Fly, Articulated Bugger with Propeller
Ralph Graves FISHING FLY , Ralph Graves Collector Fly, Articulated Woolly Bugger with Propeller #6
These listings are for 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 and Some Fishing Flies which were never packaged. 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.
The Flies in these listing are Ralphie's fishing flies which were never packaged but sold or given to friends for their Fly Boxes rather than Shadow Boxes. Upon Ralph's passing I was given his personal fly boxes. Since then I have also acquired several other collections of Ralphie flies from local Roscoe NY residents who no longer fish.
I have included a few photos in the listing from some of the fly boxes that these are being pulled from. Every fly in the photos was Tied by Ralph over many decades.
Articulated Woolly Bugger with Propeller #6 (unfished)
Ralph used to watch me and our guide staff make large articulated flies for our daily trips. Most of his comments were not positive and often he would just shake his head in disgust. One day he handed me this fly and told me that this was an acceptable articulated fly. This was in 2000 long before the large articulated streamer craze took hold.
He loved to put propellers on flies.
These flies are all in very good condition. These flies may be fished or unfished. They have all been in fly boxes for several decades. Most of the listings are for flies that are in excellent condition.