Hewitt's Neversink Skater

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Re: Hewitt's Neversink Skater

Post by Theroe » Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:34 am

I cant fathom someone, especially a fishing/hunting/outdoors type club, who would not want to preserve history.....but who knows? Maybe they had an unpleasant experience....

this would be very nice to see..
“Time to go fishing”

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Re: Hewitt's Neversink Skater

Post by bearbutt » Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:56 am

No worries, guys: a thoughtful and caring benefactor had the prescience to digitize the Hewitt film--and about a year and a half ago, another equally thoughtful and caring person sent me a copy. It arrived just as I was on my way to Europe for ten days to work on a project, and when I got home there was another project to attend to, and by then the envelope with the film had been put aside and buried under papers.

Then CJ's post reminded me: I have the bloody film!--I just needed to find it, which I did after about 20 minutes--popped it into the computer and lo--there was Hewitt fishing Skaters on the Niversink.

The film is short--about 5 minutes--filmed with Kodachrome, so the colors are deeply saturated. There's a beautiful sequence of Hewitt skating the fly very fast--about eight or ten feet before he gets a big slashing strike. Very impressive.

The film was produced by Ashaway, which presumably owns the copyright--so I'll look into getting a release, or reassignment, so that we can make the film available to others. Meanwhile, I have attached a couple of screenshots, which would fall into the category of fair use, as they are small moments in the film.

The skaters Hewitt used were pretty big--none less than 2 inches across, from what I can see. His rod was a Garrison--and his reel was his own.

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Re: Hewitt's Neversink Skater

Post by chase-da-dog » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:40 am

That is an amazing piece of history you have ! I hope that you're able to make it available to interested members soon.

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Re: Hewitt's Neversink Skater

Post by Eperous » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:45 am

bb... thanks for posting those photos... It would be a neat addition to the Time and The Valleys Museum in Grahamsville, NY--- near Hewitt's Catskill waters--- or the CFFC&M in LM, if a copy could ever be gotten to them...

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Re: Hewitt's Neversink Skater

Post by bearbutt » Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:46 am

bearbutt wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:56 am

The film was produced by Ashaway, which presumably owns the copyright--so I'll look into getting a release, or reassignment, so that we can make the film available to others.

Correction: the film was produced by Martin Bovey, but distributed by Ashaway. Martin specialized in films relating to the outdoors, so I am trying to track down his son, Martin Jr., to see if we can get a release.

Yes, Ed, I'd like to see the film in all the Catskill museums--it's one of those things that's beautifully period-specific, and also reveals a very niche aspect of angling history--.

I'll update you when I know more.

Does anyone know who oversees the catalogue/database of objects in the CFFM?

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Re: Hewitt's Neversink Skater

Post by chase-da-dog » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:21 pm

I would reach out to Mike Canazon or Erin Phalen.

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Re: Hewitt's Neversink Skater

Post by wiFlyFisher » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:16 pm

bb, you know I will have my laptop / computer up North. All you need is to put on a USB drive. It will be fun to watch while drinking cheap wine. :D

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Re: Hewitt's Neversink Skater

Post by St.Froid » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:40 pm

The screen shots reek of history; I would love to be able to watch it in its entirety.

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Re: Hewitt's Neversink Skater

Post by bearbutt » Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:39 pm

wiFlyFisher wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:16 pm
bb, you know I will have my laptop / computer up North. All you need is to put on a USB drive. It will be fun to watch while drinking cheap wine. :D
None of that overextracted and cloying rotgut--thank you. If I can persuade Phil to come, we will teach you when a decent Bordeaux with backbone and subtlety is like. And yes, I'll bring my computer....\

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Re: Hewitt's Neversink Skater

Post by bearbutt » Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:42 pm

St.Froid wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:40 pm
The screen shots reek of history; .

Yes, history on so many levels; the angler; the fly; the Neversink; old guys smoking pipes; the film stock; the cinematography--it's a little like Lee Wulff on the Minipi, only better.

I just need to find Bovey.....and convince him it's for a good cause....

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