Early Reviews of 2010 Hatches Article

This topic started August 25th:

Here are some early reviews in the first 24 hours from fellow tyers who have seen and read my wet fly article, Traditional Wet Flies, in the 2010 issue of Hatches Magazine. They are taken from a topic on http://www.classicflytying.com.


> Just got my copy of the 2010 issue of Hatches magazine, edited by our own Will Mullis. Don Bastian has a great summary of his wet fly techniques in this issue. Lots of pretty pictures, too. His videos are still tops, but this is a great resource, with many of his top tips. Way to go, Don!
– Leigh


> Yes Don, great in-depth article! Just got the 2010 Hatches in the mail yesterday. The wet fly article captures much of the essential information I have seen you present, plus several more tips and great reinforcement material to really explain clearly the various techniques of constructing the wet fly. One of those articles I will read several times over. Well done, Don!
– Peter


And my reply:

Thank you guys, friends, for your compliments. I hope my writing and photos helps you to improve and resolve some of your tying questions.


I liked it too, nice one Don. Nothing that you didn’t cover in more depth in your fantastic DVD but great to see your flies in print in bright living color. Very very pretty!
– Scott

The above comment is from a customer in Atlanta. Thanks Scott!


For someone who doesn’t consider himself to be an accomplished photographer, I thought Don did a great job with the fly pictures.

His copy wasn’t particularly difficult to edit, either. He knows his way around the language pretty darned well. And, as always, his information was spot-on.

– John


That’s John, as in ‘isonychia’ a.k.a., John McCoy, from Huntington, WV,  on classicflytying.com.

John is a reporter for the Charleston Gazette. He did the editing of my article. Thanks very much John for your compliments on my work! I appreciate it very much. I hope that my writing and information is helpful to anyone hoping to improve their fly tying.


And this is my posted reply as of August 28, 2010 on http://www.classicflytying.com:

Thank you Scott, John, Peter, and Leigh for your approval, comments, & compliments! To Mike and Mike – I hope you are pleasantly rewarded by your expectations! Thanks for taking the time to post a comment of anticipation!
I really appreciate the fact that you all have positive reactions to my work. John, thank you especially for your compliments and positive ratings of the photos and writing.
To everyone, I am still amazed any time I think about it, at how a kid twelve years old, seeing the color plate flies in Bergman’s Trout for the first time, so quickly it seems, has now so much time and life behind him, and it amazes me when I think of the fact that my interest in fly tying so long ago brought me to my present place.
I can remember, vividly, after an afternoon of farm pond fishing for bluegills, fly fishing for the first time and catching lots on a Yellow Sally – then upon return to our farmhouse in Tioga County, PA, asking my dad, “Do you have any books on fly fishing?”
“Yeah, I have this one.” He walked to an antique dry sink in the big room, the top of which served as a bookshelf, pulled a small, claret-colored book from its resting place and said, “This one,” as he handed it to me.
It was a ninth printing, first edition copy of Ray Bergman’s Trout. Like any kid, the first thing I did was look at the pictures. The rest of the short story, as they say, is history.

I am glad for those of you who I have been able to help, inspire, motivate, and teach, in any way; and I also am grateful for the role I may have played in whatever way, however large or small, to promote interest in traditional wet flies.

Thank you to each of you! I hope I will be able to contribute in many ways to this hobby. And I do have quite a few more ideas…still thinking.

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