Events

Nov. 8th: Ben Carmichael on Atlantic Salmon on the Gaspé

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November 8, 2017 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Join us on November 8th for a Ben Carmichael presentation on Atlantic salmon fishing in Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula, with added discussion on the changing environmental landscape of this legendary fishery.
Ben is a lifelong fly fisherman and the editor of New England on the Fly, a site about fly fishing in New England.  He is also a writer and photographer, and has written for various outlets about fly fishing and related environmental issues, including The Boston GlobeThe Drake, Eastern Fly Fishing, On The Water, The Atlantic Salmon Journal, and The Angler’s Club Journal, as well as writing a collection of pieces for the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum.
Throughout his life, Ben has been fortunate enough to catch trout in North America and England, chase salmon in Scotland, Norway, and Canada, stalk bonefish and tarpon in warm waters, and land his share of stripers, blues, and albies right here in New England. He is also a board member of the Miramichi Salmon Association (MSA), and a member of both The Angler’s Club of New York (ACNY) and The Boston Fly Casters.

Ben’s father, Hoagy Carmichael, is known to many of you for his contributions to the preservation of our sport. He is a master rod builder who, through a labor of love, recreated legendary bamboo pioneer Everett Garrison’s workshop into the Catskill Fly Fishing Center. The transition was filmed and can be seen at the center, and Hoagy’s many videos on bamboo rod building can be viewed on YouTube.

Hoagy also wrote a magnificent two volume opus on the history of the Cascapedia River, the first of which, The Grand Cascapedia River: A History Vol I., was edited by Ben. It’s likely that much of the history of the old camps would have been lost without Hoagy’s work.

The meeting is free and open to members, guests and the general public. It is held at Stony Hill Fire Department, 59 Stony Hill Road, Bethel and starts at 7:30 p.m., but doors open at 7 p.m. for pizza, soda and some good conversation with fellow anglers. Don’t miss out on the raffle too.