Lee Wulff and Curt Gowdy on the Minipi

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Lee Wulff and Curt Gowdy on the Minipi

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Folks,

I ran across this old video of Lee Wullf and Curt Gowdy on the Minipi in backcountry Labrador, looks like is was filmed in late '60s or maybe early '70s.

I know some of you have probably seen it before but it's worth another look.

Lee and Curt hook some big-shouldered, brilliantly colored squaretails after a floatplane ride in.

At around the 20 minute mark Lee ties a hair-hackle skater or skitterer (similar to Hewitt's Neversink skater, but this one is made of bucktail instead of spade hackle).

He ties it in his hands, sans vise, as is his trademark.

I love the scruffy appearance of the fly and I plan on making a few up this winter. Luckily my modest tying skills allow me to make them just as scraggly. :oops: :lol: 8-)

It's nice to see that even Mr. Wulff got refusals from fish, as you will note when he's casting the skater.

Give it a view if you have a chance.

http://bit.ly/1tCB042

Happy New Year!

-Rob J.
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I really, really enjoyed that. Thanks!
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Nice find. Thanks

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What wonderful fish! Thanks for the share on this, Rob.

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Brook trout, Hardy reels and Bamboo.
Does it get any better?
Thanks!
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A great post! Thanks! Started my New Year by viewing it.

Looks like Lee was using one of his 5' rods. And that skater could be another Catskill Classic! :D :D

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That was spectacular!!!

Thanks Robbo!! Happy New Year guys!!!!

-Rick :D
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I still remember that when it aired back in the early days of my fly tying and fly fishing career. I also remember trying it myself without a vise right afterward. Once. :D

My guess is early 70's, but memories are kind of mooshing together at this point in life. :roll:

Thanks for dredging it up, because it really is a spectacular bit of culture.

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I remember watching that video last Fall and it brought back lots of Curt Gowdy TV fishing program memories. After watching the video again early this morning I decided I was going to tie a bucktail skater by hand just like Lee Wulff did in the video. It can't be that difficult to tie this simple fly pattern right? Wrong!! I call mine the Bucktail Disgrace. :lol: :lol:

Happy New Year!!

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Post by Allan »

I'll watch that video as soon as I type up this post. If you are an admirer of Lee Wulff as much as I am, and you enjoyed watching the identified video, you'll love this one too. I can only provide the title and tell you that he talks about fishing philosophy, trout, casting, the Beaverkill, and he ties 5 flies. As he always did, they are all tied in his hands, sans vise, including a size 28 Grizzly midge. Title: I Was Born To Fish - Lee Wulff On The Beaverkill.
This was filmed just a short time before Lee's death. Amazing!

Now to view him and Curt Gowdy. Thanks for the link.

Allan

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