I can only recount my own experience. I know a guy who fished with him fairly regularly who would say the same as yourself, but more who would agree with the general consensusOr a light Cahill with black thread for the rib.
Just want to put some balance to the Francie bad mouthing, I know he’s a marmite character but I always got on well with him and found him supportive and helpful. I’ve shared a boat with him and also fished a Chew international in a team with him. By the way I was never in his Leven bar clique which I agree could be a bit off putting back in the day.
Last time I saw him he was driving a bus i got on at Ferrytoll to Edinburgh.