This weather vane was crafted by Warren Gilker (1922-1998), and commemorates the second-largest Atlantic salmon ever legally caught in Canada, a 55-pounder brought in by Victor Albert Stanley. Gilker, a third-generation blacksmith, began making weather vanes in 1980. Formerly a camp manager and head warden on Canada's Grand Cascapedia river, Gilker crafted his first weather vane in 1980 at the request of Jane Engelhard, who wanted to commemorate her late husband's largest salmon catch.
All American Salmon Fly - gotta love it - wish I had the skills to tie this! For more fly fishing info follow and subscribe www.theflyreelguide.com Also check out the original pinners/creators site and support
This Jock Scott was tied c. 1920 and is part of a collection from the New England Aquarium donated to the Museum in 1976. While hooks with metal eyes were readily available at the time this fly was created, silkworm gut eyes, such as the one sported by this fly, remained a popular option for professionally dressed salmon flies well into the 1900s.
Bogdan reel 2001.042.019 3 3/4" by 1 1/4" by 2 3/8" wt 13oz. Aluminum frame, champagne colored. Adjustable drag. Model No. 2 salmon reel. c. 1980. Stanley Bogdan, born on December 16, 1918, was renowned for his intricate, custom-built salmon, saltwater, and trout reels. According to biographer Graydon Hilyard, he created a handmade brake design so complex, it would never require patent protection.
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Birmingham Fly Reel, Maker Unknown. Accession No. 1986.028.261. Diameter 2 1/2 inches, pillar length 1 inch, weight 6 ounces. This attractive reel, featuring bas relief angling scenes on the plates, was commercially produced in at least two sizes, both as a crank handle reel and as a revolving plate reel. It appears to be a Victorian era British product. The design was reproduced in Germany during the 1970s and it is now difficult to differentiate the original reels from the…
Edward Ringwood Hewitt (1866-1957) is one of the great figures of 20th century angling. He wrote voluminously on trout and salmon fishing, was an early exponent of dry fly fishing for salmon, and was also one of the first to help promote catch-and-release fishing. It is currently believed that Hewitt built 22 fly reels; at present, only seven Hewitt reels are known to exist, including this one once owned by Maxine Atherton, wife of artist and author John Atherton.
Fin-Nor’s Wedding Cake reel, designed by Gar Wood, was one of the first fly reels specifically created to handle the rigors of catching large saltwater fish. It was also one of the earliest to feature truly effective drag and excellent corrosion resistance.
Gurgler fly Invented by the late Jack Gartside, this surface fly can be used to catch just about every variety of saltwater fish there is—and likely any freshwater fish as well. This example was tied by Gartside himself, and is one of more than one hundred flies Gartside bequeathed to the Museum.
William Billinghurst Reel. Accession No. 1985.29.1. Diameter 3 inches, depth 3/4 inches, weight 3 1/4 ounces. William Billinghurst (1807-1880) was a well known gunsmith whose patent for a side-mount reel built of wire and castings is now considered to be the first American fly reel. The unique appearance of these reels has prompted some to refer to them as birdcage reels.
Blonde Fly. Accession No. 1996.007.020. Joe Brooks's Blonde Series: Tied in the late 50s and 60s (primarily for Brooks by Richmond tier Bill Gallasch), the design features an angled-up buck tail wing tied in just behind the head, a body of silver flash material, and a second pinch of buck tail tied at the hook bend as an extended tail. The pattern facilitates creating a fly with a long profile, simulating larger forage fish.
Hallie Thompson Galaise was born and raised in Manchester, Vermont. Like many of her contemporaries, she sought a job in the fly-tying shop of the Orvis Company. She began working for Orvis at the age of sixteen, and was the last Orvis tier to have been tutored by Mary Orvis Marbury. Until her death, Hallie Galaise tied dozens of flies each day without a vise and with the assistance of only a small pair of scissors. This fly was the last one she ever tied