Many readers of the blog know I've been searching for a Chadwick's 477 mending yarn substitute. While Veniard sells a good substitute for the yarn used in Frank Sawyer's Killer Bug, I would never know if it was close. I've never seen the genuine article until Richard sent me the sample.
It's been a small obsession to find a substitute for Chadwick's 477 starting with me getting Frank Sawyer's Nymphs and the Trout published in 1958 by Stanley Paul & Co. and Oliver Edwards video Essential Patterns. I've used Rag wool from an old sweater (Rag Bug) before locating a source of Veniard's Chadwick's 477 substitute (Killer Bug Yarn). Next I found a bag of "Fun with Fibers" yarn while cleaning out an old crafts locker (Possible Chadwick 477 Substitute). Then Patons Classic Wool Yarn (00229) Natural Mix, which I use for my K.I.S.S. Crane Fly Larva.
It was that post and my request for a sample that now brings me to the end of the quest. Here are the comparisons.
|Richard's letter and sample.|
|A close-up of the field.|
|Veniard vs. Original 477|
|Patons vs. Original 477|
|Fun with Fibers vs. Original 477|
Now I think the winner is clear - "Fun with Fibers," but no luck finding any. I could not find any information on the yarn and there was no company information on the packaging. So the closest which you can buy is the Patons Classic Wool Yarn (00229) Natural Mix. The problem with the Patons is dye lots can vary and it's 100% wool, not the 85% wool 15% nylon blend found in the Chadwick's 477. Now the Venards is the furthest from the Chadwick's, but is that due to dye lot or year the yarn was manufactured? I don't know. One thing I do know is that Trout don't care if it's the genuine article. They only care if it looks and acts like food. It's up to the fisher to feel or see the take, strike and land the fish.
So thanks to Richard I have a sample that I can compare to any other yarn when my supply runs out.
Richard again thanks and cheers, expect something in the post.