Thread: Perry Ehlers
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Old 06-20-2016, 02:29 PM   #2
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Gone but not forgotten, the man has a rapids on the Upper Hudson river at North River named after him on the USGS topo maps. I've heard about Ehlers through some valuable time spent with Ed Bendl in his shoebox of a fly shop in Northville in the 2000's.

I've since seen a few web pages on Ehlers, on some discussion pages like this one. Also, I've come across pictures of an auction of his salmon flies. For a man from North River tying flies in the40-50's?, the salmon flies in the pictures are high quality, perfectly constructed. There's no doubt Ehlers was a well-equipped master tier in those days.

BTW, I fished the glide above the Perry Ehlers rapids Sunday morning and released a 16" brown and many smaller browns during a spinner fall of a #16 Blue-Winged Olive. I wasn't into fish until I clipped the fly to imitate the folded wings of the natural lying tipped over in the film with glassy wings. Classic fly fishing on the glassy glides of a big Adirondack river. Good times!

Someday, I'll try to find out what house Ehlers lived/tied in there. The "little" history of Adirondack fly tiers is fascinating stuff.

The whitewater rafting flows receded by 6pm Sunday night and I was the only guy fishing with the full moon rising and the trout porpoising up and down on the darkening river. In the evening, all I caught were rainbows, no browns, but a brown of 17" porpoised right on top of my fly and could have been after it. You can see, wading in the middle of a big river at dusk makes one sense extraordinary things, like who came before us and what old bamboo rod they heaved with silk lines on the river. Maybe one of the old South Bend bamboo rods I saw for sale in the North Creek Trading Company store was Ehlers? Here we know practically nothing of the life of a dedicated fly fisher and professional fly tier on the Upper Hudson at North River. How does this stuff get away from us?

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