The set is tied by Steve Wilkinson who is a former winner of Fly-Fishing and Fly-tying magazines winter fly-tying league Masters division on two occasions and runner up in 2009. Steve has had them framed in an elegant clean frame to enhance the flies and has a plate inscribed beneath it stating the reason for tying the frame.
I’ve got my bid in and I’ve got my tickets with my fingers crossed. Just a few days left before the big fly tying marathon.
Dan Callaghan, the angler credited with creating the Green Butt Skunk passed away in 2006. He left behind some passionate friends who have decided to create this project to benefit the North Umpqua Foundation, a cause that was close to his heart.
101 tyers of all calibers baned together to twist up 101 variations of his patented pattern. Tyers such as Alec Jackson, John Schewey, George Cook, Frank Amato, Trey Combs, Simon Gawesworth, Dec Hogan, Ronn Lucas and a ton of other notable tyers have all donated a fly to the cause.
The flies have been photographed and are on display on Joel La Follette’s website. The 101 flies are being mounted and will be unveiled on February 25th. They then embark on a cross-country tour and will be auctioned off by a sealed bid in fall of 2010.
If you didn’t get a chance to submit a fly, but are interested, Joel is still accepting flies and will post them to the site. Check the bottom of the page for details on how to submit.
The Dan Callaghan Memorial Fly Plate is a project I started just after Dan passed away almost four years ago now. It’s been a labor of love and has offered me a chance to meet some of the Northwest’s best fly tyers and steelhead anglers. In putting this collection together my intent was not to showcase the Green Butt Skunk as a revolutionary fly pattern, as it is not, but to show the influence a single, simple act had on tyers and anglers from all over the world.
By building this collection and offering it up for bid I hope to raise not only money for the North Umpqua Foundation in Dan’s memory, but awareness of things that are too important to lose. Each tyer that offered up a fly has some connection to Dan, the North Umpqua or simply a love for wild fish and the places they swim.
Looking at the collection you see the common thread that runs through each fly, but you also see the individuality of the tyer. Personalities come out into the open as the tyers weave their own magic into these little works of art. Age, background, experience and personal philosophy are included with the feather, fur and steel. It is truly a collection that comes from the heart and soul of each tyer.
As this collection makes it’s way around the state I hope that people get the chance to see all of these things and find their own inspiration. Perhaps it will awaken a desire to protect and preserve things that are important to all of us.
Joel La Follette
You can al follow the project online on Facebook – click here