Note: our thanks to Cape Bretton guide Elmer Hart for showing us his Pinky Gillum fly boxes and photos and for sharing his history and stories.
So on my recent fishing trip to Canada a local friend stopped by my fishing cabin to show me something. His father had guided famed bamboo rodmaker Harold “Pinky” Gillum for many years and over time the two had become friends. Anyway, my friend pulled out a silver Wheatley-style box and showed it to me – it had been Pinky’s for many years and while a few flies had clearly been added later on, there were still many fishy-looking ones that looked like Pinky had probably put them there and used them himself. It was quite a treat to poke through!
Below are a few photos of the box as well as a few photos of Pinky and a salmon rod he made which resides at the local salmon museum.
A Photo of Pinky Salmon Fishing…
A rod built by Pinky which was donated to the Margaree Salmon Museum…
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