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.
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.
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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