Not knowing something isn’t the same as not wanting to know when something changes. I always thought or was told that rattlesnakes didn’t leave their den areas until the last threat of frost was gone, and I didn’t give much thought to where I walked in the mountains until after Memorial Day.
That was until I met Jim Chesney, the son of another Jim Chesney whose ancestors owned the mill at the head of Big Spring. The father designed the Thompson-A fly tying vise and manufactured it in his Chicago machine shop. He also built a Herter’s vise for the old Herter’s catalog. Along with that, he manufactured reloading dies for companies such as Lee Precision.