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Ralph Graves FISHING FLY , Ralph Graves Collector Fly, Caddis Wet #12

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Ralph Graves FISHING FLY , Ralph Graves Collector Fly, Caddis Wet #12

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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 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.

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Caddis Wet #12- . This particular fly has an interesting story.  One night as I was driving my clients back from the river after dark I get a call from Ralph. (He called me every night just after dark to ask if the dry fly fishing was good).

He told me he was exhausted from an afternoon of production tying. (production Tying to Ralph was 2 flies)

Turns out he spent the afternoon in our fly shop. These materials were on the desk when he arrived so he just started where one of our guides left off.

In the end he finished 16 of these simple flies and one Hare's Ear nymph. Possibly a Record for Ralph. This listing is for the 16 flies, sold individually.