The first image is a shadow box full of a bunch of my salmon fly-tying stuff. The second is a collage including a group of antique Parmachene Belles. The third picture shows a neat Brown Trout sipping a bug in Armstrong's Spring Creek. The fourth image is a still life of my Simms vest, Sage 4-weight SP+ rod and a Ross Canyon reel, etc. on the bank of Flat Creek in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The fifth picture shows my vest, rod and hat resting on a rock next to the Little Truckee River in northern California. The next image is an awesome David A. Footer mount of a seventy-five+ pound (53inches by 34 inches) Atlantic Salmon (which, by the way, proudly hangs on my fly-tying room wall.) The rod is an Orvis Wes Jordan with a Model 50 Bogdan Reel. The seventh image shows an incredible David Footer woodcarving of a 12 pound Brookie from Annemarie Lake in Labrador in the hands of the carver. The eighth image is an example of the classic Canadian hairwing salmon fly, the Rusty Rat. The last is the classic fulldressed featherwing salmon fly, the Greenhighlander.
Oh Art, pure Science, Sport compleat,
Rare Feathers, Furs on Hooks Bartleet;
Fair Trout, brave Salmon, Riverís Beat,
Where Spey and Classic Flyes compete;
To cast oneís Eyes or Lineís a Treat,
'Tis unsurpassed, this 'Guerre elite'!
So Izaak Waltonís deep Domain,
Lets Anglers dream, then reap, sustain,
Tradition's Past; Men keep, maintain;
Of Golden Pheasant, Tonkin Cane,
True Bogdan Reels, fine Poles by Payne;
To spare the Rod, Fly-fishers' Bane!
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Howard B. Eskin 1996