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A Reintroduction:

For 30 years ending with a fire in 1997, I was the principal provider of Atlantic salmon flies for destination rivers in Iceland, Norway, and Russia when it opened up in the 80's. Working with Gardner Grant and the Fitzgeralds, I supplied the flies for the first Frontiers International introduction of American anglers to the Kolvitsa River on the Kola there immediately following to the Ponoi.

During the 70's and 80's I produced framed flies that are in salmon lodges in Canada, the Miramichi Salmon Museum (the museum's original name) as well as the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Vermont. Flies are depicted in Joe Hubert's Salmon - Salmon, a magnificent tomb focusing on the fine art of fishing with classic flies in Iceland. Also, for Joe Bates I produced the Baron fly in tying steps to show the construction of this complex fly. The plate is in his: Art of the Atlantic Salmon Fly published in 1980. I also tied a quite number of other gaudy and plain salmon flies for this work that are displayed in a number of other plates.

 

Bates Book

Mr. McCaferty's DREAM WEEK

June 12 PM   -   30 lb   #4 Rusty Rat
June 12 PM   -   20 lb   #4 Silver Rat
June 12 PM   -   40 lb   #4 Green Highlander

June 13 AM   -   30 lb   #6 Silver Rat
June 13 AM   -   10 lb   #4 Green Highlander
  Silver Rat
  June 14 AM   -   20 lb   #6 Silver Rat
June 15 PM   -   43 lb   #6 Silver Rat

June 16 AM   -   25 lb   #6 Silver Rat
June 16 PM   -   40 lb   #6 Silver Rat
June 17 AM   -   16 lb   #6 Silver Rat

Joe McCafferty religiously fished Pinkums for many decades of his life. He loved the salmon, the guides, and the great sport during the good years and the not so good. The following is taken from a letter he sent to me.

"All these fish, save one, were pretty well behaved and stayed in the pools where they were hooked. The exception - the 40 pounder the evening of June 16 - decided to go back to sea and was netted after dark and after a wild mile of fast water and an hour and 20 minutes later."

"The same Godfrey #6 Arseneault Silver Rat accounted for nearly 200 pounds of fish landed, not to mention the probably 40 + pounds of two other fish lost. Now, that is a hell of beating for a tiny bundle of hair and wire! But, the little critter not only survived, it looks almost as good as when it left your vise."