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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 42

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Sn».Jidy7,1974 Trout Fly Tying Is Profitable BRIDGEPORT - Eleven years ago, Joe Steffick Jr. began selling trout flies commercially. His first order, from a Clarksburg sporting goods wholesaler, was for approximatly $100 worth of flies. Last year, Steffick's business grossed $50.000. And it's still a part- time business. Steff ick, 46. is cashing in on the ever-increasing popularity of fishing, but he's also paying a personal price. He hasn't had time to go fishing this year, although he insists he's going to change that this fall. Steffick's rise to prominence in the fishing lure business - with the sale of 10.000 dozen flies last year he's one of the biggest producers in the nation -- is really a family success story. His mother, Mrs. Joe Steffick Sr. of Nutter Fort, and his sister, Mrs. Marion Snederger. of H e l v e t i a , also spend hundreds of hours tying the flies that eventually reach the sporting goods departments of Heck's and other retail outlets in the east and southeast. "Mother watched me typing flies one day," Steffick pointed out, "and said, '1 can do that.' And she did." Later, Steffick's sister joined the business. His mother, 64, averages tying 4,000 to 5,WO flies a month. In addition to his mother - and sister, Steffick employes ; eight other persons in the - Clakrsburg-Bridgeport area. ! They all tie flies in their own homes on their own time on a '. piece rate basis, with Steffick - furnishing the material. By Skip Johnson STEFFICK, who has worked at the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. plant here for the past 19 years, began tying trout flies as a hobby. "It started out as a $26 hobby." he recalled. "That was the cost of a fly-tying kit. Even today, that's really the only money I have in it. because I've reinvested the profits." Steffick has been a trout fisherman since he was 17 years old, and although he likes other kinds of fishing, his preference is still trout. "It's just a challenge," he explained. "I like to walk along a stream and think, 'where would I hide if I were a trout?'" For four years, he tied flies only for his personal use, but then he decided to begin selling them. At first, he sold just enough pay for his fishing trips. Then he decided he could sell enough more to put his sons, Michael, 12, and Patrick, 7, through school. And so it went. His bmiiets has frewi yearly state he started selli* commercially in 1H3. Currently, at.it tl wholesale firms hutlftjtt't Flies. M t W WstrfbWtn'tf Ckariesftw, MW part tf Ike Heck's ctata, was Steffick's first big ac- cMit ud still is MC tf Ms biggest. In addition to selling to wholesalers, Steffick also does a brisk mail-order business. His flies have gone to every state except Hawaii, and among his mail-order customers have been fishermen in Ireland and Brazil. Throughout his 11 years in the business, his only advertising has been word-of- mouth. He once considered advertising in Outdoor Life and Sports Afield magazines, but he was afraid he couldn't handle the increased business that might result. "After all," he reasoned, "right now I'm living on promises to my sons to take them fishing." Nutter Takes Town Fair Run Kin Natter rf Partmtairg s«ems to be stack a a wiMMf groove. For tfce tkird weekend · a row, the slender athlete came up a wiMer, tkb timeotttdtst- aacMC the field Saturday m the first HON-meter St. Albans Town Fair run. NMterceverei the til-Bye ike streets W lil 31 - Sttff Photo by L«wi» R »in« KIM NUTTER CROSSES FINISH LINE AT TOWN FAIR RUN Parkersburg Runner's Victory Chared by Fans at St. Albans Hot Astro Greg Gross Dubbed Ty Williams Heck's Wins Twice Behind Doss, Godwin ; 1 [STEFFICK, who did a lot of · trout fishing before his busi: nfess boomed about three · years ago, is the creator of the ) fly patterns. Currently, his · brochure lists 116 different 'patterns, including wet and · .dry flies and spinner-fly com- · binations. ;His spinner-fly combina- · tions -- he calls them "Short ; Strikers" -- form the bulk of · his business, although he de- '..tects that wet and dry flies · are returning to popularity. : One of Steffick's big sellers ; in recent years has been his ' cheese egg fly, which is a ; large wet fly with a double book and trailing treble hook, ; abd a spinner in front. Some fishermen buy the fly separ- '.! ately, preferring to use it as a fry without the spinner, ·'".'··'.Steffick's personal favorites ; are his brown woolly worm, · fireball, muddler and Califor; nia coachman in the spinner- · fly combinations, and March \ brown, light cahill and brown . · hackle in wet and dry flies. : Tying flies on a commercial · basis has its perils that you . wouldn't normally expect. · Once a moth got into Stef- : - lick's turkey feathers -- one ; one of the ingredients that go · into flies -- and ate $85 worth ·.I before its presence was dis- ' - covered. ' COLUMBUS, Ohio Heck's scored two victories Saturday in the R. Wilkie Meats 16-team fast-pitch softball tournament behind the pitching of Bill Godwin and Freddie Doss. Godwin pitched a five-hitter, bringing his record to 17-1, in a 4-1 victory over a Lansing, Mich., team and Bill Payne started the offense rolling with a mighty home run. Doss, 11-5, on the season, beat Lockbourne Air Force Base on a six-hitter, 3-1. The team continued playing Saturday night and Sunday in the double-elimination event with a 28-6 season record. Ttmaiit LMMtti uminf, Mich 101 A 0 - 1 5 I HtCkt Ott Oil X - 4 I I Bennett and Moran; Bill Godwin and Bill Payne, Bill Jones (6) Heck's -- Nutter double, Payne 2-3 inc. homer; Hanley double, Parker double, Ballard 2-2. Ltckbturnt AFB, Cdumbui Ml MO 0-1 i 2 Httks 020 110 x - 1 t 0 · Whit! and Kusbusch; Freddie Dos and Bill Payne, Bill Jones (7) .Lock - Kusbusch triple; Heck's -Williams 2-2 Doss 2-2 Turkey Kill Tops Since '66 Hunters taking advantage of the three-week spring turkey gobbler season in eastern West Virginia this year Races Rained Out At City Speedway Charleston Speedway experienced the Saturday night rain blues, and another stock car racing program was washed out. A f t e r regular Saturday night programs July 13 and 20, the speedway has its annual Hillbilly promption coming up July 27. The 40-lap feature that night in the late model sportsman division will pay $750 to win and the sportsman division will pay $300 to the winner. took 596 birds. It was the highest kill since the first gobbler season in 1966 when only 12 wild gobblers were bagged in a one-week season, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. The kill last year was 589. Correction Anne White of Charleston placed third in 14-and-under singles Friday at the Western Closed Tournament at East Lansing, Mich. The Gazette incorrectly reported in Saturday's editions that Miss White wound up fifth in singles. Sell the furniture and appliances you don't need with a fast acting, low cost Gazette- Mail Want Ad. Just call 348-4848 and let one of our friendly Advisors help you word your result getting ad! HOUSTON (AP) - Greg Gross, the Houston Astros' rookie of the year candidate, has been getting high praise all season and that extends to his nickname--"Ty Williams." Ty Williams? "The Ty is for Ty Cobb," said teammate Bob Watson, among the National League's leading hitters with Gross. "The Williams is for Ted Williams. That's his nickname now." Gross,, who broke into the majors this season as Houston's starting right fielder, has some likenesses to the hitting qualities that made Cobb Putnam to Hold Tennis Tourney The Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission has announced that it will sponsor a Putnam County Closed Tennis Tournament July 22. All persons playing in the tourney must live in Putnam County. There will be action, in four age groups -- 14-and-under, 17-and-under and 18-and-up. Boys and girls will compete in separate divisions. There will be singles and doubles play in each group. The entry fee is one new ball per set. The deadline to register is July 15. Call 586-3456 for more information. Trophies will be awarded to the winner and runner-up in each age group. In the tourney each match will consist of one eight-game set except in the semifinals and finals which ;will be the best two-out-three six-game sets. and Williams great. Gross has a knack for getting base hits, he usually makes contact, and he's well acquainted with the strike zone. "He's got more concentration than any rookie I've ever seen," Watson said. "He's got an eye at the plate like Joe Morgan (former Astro now with Cincinnati). He's got great realization of the strike zone. You're not going to fool him. He never swings at a bad pitch. That's how he got to be Ty Williams." Gross has to be considered a strong contender for rookie of the year honors, based on his .338 batting average through games of July 4, third best in the NL, and his standout play in the field. Gross has a powerful arm and despite a lack of real speed, he never has trouble covering right field. In a close game against Cincinnati, Gross chased an apparent home run back to the wall, leaped high and snatched the ball off the wall to preserve a thin Houston lead. Astros' Manager Preston Gomez said the only thing Gross lacked was outstanding speed. "If he had that," Gomez said, "I'd predict he'd win more than a few batting titles before he's through playing up here." "It was important with Carl HatfieM to contend with for me to open a tead as soon as I could," Nutter related. Hatfield, the director of student activities at Alderson- Broaddus College and the 10th place finisher in the Boston Marathon, and Nutter both blazed the first mile in 4:30. Before they had covered two miles, Nutter gained some daylight. "We went out real fast," Hatfield said. "I knew if Nutter got the lead, he'd be hard to catch." NUTTER, WINNER of a 7-mile event two weeks ago at Zanesville, Ohio, and an 1-hour run last week at Akron, Ohio, said both he and Hatfield -- the quality runners in the field -- were hurting from minor injuries. "I believe Carl's was the more serious of the two," Nutter, a former West Virginia University runner who has ·transferred to Ohio State, said. Nutter said he trains about 120 miles a week. "My whole tchedile thii summer is predicated 01 a good showing ii the Charleston 15-mile DiiUMce RIM." Nutter, Hatfield at 32:59.4 and Roger Rouiller of Parkersburg at 33:15.2 swept the first three places in the Town Fair event, sponsored by the Civitan Club and St. Albans businesses, for the West Virginia Track Club. "Anybody who beats us, in front of the home state people, in Charleston this year is going to do some heavy running," Nutter said. He was referring to the team title, encompassing three runners. West Virginia Track Club won the Boston Marathon team championship. Among clan winner* ii the ktf. ·*··*.*a Piatfetti wo* the class for competitors from M to 1M years oU. ' Pianfetti said he started running in 19(1 as a hedge against heart attack. He's been running ever since. Hatfield complimented Walker Horn, the chairman of the Town Fair 10,000-meter run, for a well-staged event. Horn and his staff had the course marked with footprints and refreshment stations along the way. About five runners took a wrong turn, however.. UPCOMING EVENTS: July 21 - Kanawha Valley Track Club sponsored 3 and 10-mile runs, starting at 5 p. m. at Morris Harvey College; Aug. 11 -- Runs of 2 and 4 miles at 5 p. m. Aug. 11 at Ritter Park in Huntington. Ovtf-AM I. Kim Nutter (31:14.2); 2, C«rl H»t- lield (32:5».4); 3. Roger Roullltr (33:15.2); 4, John Welch (33:3i.7); 5. " Tom Jackson (3S:07); t, Don Miller ' (3»:31.5); 1. Scolt McMilUn (37:11); 0. ' Andy Wallwork (37:14); », Joe Varitn ' (37:19); 10, Tom M*tulis (37:23). I1, Charlie Locta (37:51); 12, Rick Vari- ' an (31:24); 13, Dave Kline (31:45); 14, ' John Fraiier (39:22); 15, Dave Bowman (39:2*1; 16, Brian Sloan (39:21); 17, Richard Mansfield (40:15); 10, Bill Poscy ' (40:41); 19. Jim Horn (40:42); 20, Woody Sharp (40:41). 21, Terry Carmichad (41:01); 22, Bob Fretwell (4):3»); 23, Jim Young (41:40); 24, Don Kesterson (43:17); 25, Trenton . S t o v e r (43:50); 24, Paul Bowman (44:14); 27. Gary Eggleton (44:22); 21, Charles Young (44:29); 29, Frank Orlutt (44:35); 30. Jack 0. Koch (44:51). 31, Mike Ellis (45:24); 32, Arden Rol- ' lins (44:20); 33. Bob Bricktr (44:47); 34, ' Bryant Bowman (47:14); 35, Dave McCuskey (47:17); 36, Gary Pomykota (47:23); 37. Ed Canterbury (47:44); 31, Worley'Stout (41:24); 39, D. Triplet! (49:11); 40, Harry Martin (49:19). 41, Tom Harmon (49:31); 42, John Mandeville (50); 43, Bob Mansfield (50:51); 44, Rich Meckfessel (51:14); 45, . Ed Burgess (52:22); 44. Carl Allen . (52:29); 47, Jim Jones (52:34); 41, Bob Medley (52:51); 49, Craig Bias (54:21); SO, R.J. Henderson (54:29), 51, Andy Koch (54:41); 52, Sandy Tri- · plett (56:13); 53, John Piantetti (54:11); · 54, R.E. Connell (51:21); 55, Jim Lowe (51:52); 56, Mike Allison (59:15); 57, · Mike Murrin (1:00.20); 51, Tom Robertson (1:03.15). CLASS WINNIRS Up to 19: Tom Jackson (35:07); Scott McMilKn (37:11). 20-24: Kim Nutter (31:14.2); Andy Wallwork (37:14). 25-30: Carl Hatfield (32:59.4); John Welch (33:35.7). 30-34: Don Miller (34:31.5); Frank Offutt (44:35). 35-39: Roger Rouilltr (33:15:2); Terry Carmichael (41:04). 40-44: Woody Sharp (40:41); Bob Fre- ' twell (41:31). 4449: Jim JonM (52:34); RJ.Hender- ·. ton (54:29). 50-59: Arden Rollins (46:20); Worley Stout (41:24). 60-100: John Pianfetti (56:11). Women: Sandra Triplet) (54:13). Up to 10 1-mile run: Jeff wampler (6:42). New Shipments Just Arrived PLYMOUTH TRAIL DUSTERS The. 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