Archive for February 1st, 2011

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Feb
11

Fly Tying: Franz Pott & The Pott Flies

“Pott flies were the creation of Franz Pott, a German immigrant who set up shop as a wig maker in Missoula and soon found a passion for fly-fishing on nearby streams and rivers. Pott devised and patented a method of weaving animal hair into insect imitations that proved to be very attractive to local trout, and began a commercial fly-tying operation that continued for many years.

Each Pott fly came individually packaged, affixed to a card bearing the words “The Pott Trout Flies-Hand Woven Hair Flies,” in block letters, accompanied by Franz Pott’s hand-drawn trademark proclaiming the “Mite Family” and including Pott’s signature.”  Greg Tollefson @ Missoulian Weaving the Abdomen

01
Feb
11

Craft Brewer & Publican, Don Younger, passes on.

Many have called Don Younger the ‘undisputed Godfather’ of the craft brewing cult that had its origins in Portland, Oregon and now has spread far and wide. Don Younger died yesterday from leading life his way (indulgent habits). But, he was a benevolent soul, who drew others up and opened doors for others in the craft brew industry. I recall the Horse Brass Pub of old, and how it evolved through Don Younger.

Don Younger

“He was the heart of Beervana, and not just Portland, he touched so many people in one way or another: if you’ve ever enjoyed a craft beer, you have Don Younger to thank in some way.” Lisa Morrison critic of the extensive Oregon Beervana scene.




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