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"Every great fly is... a work of art, frequently too beautiful to risk using."
- David M. Lank, Canadian authority on angling and fishing-flies

FISHING FLIES - Although this site doesn't normally deal with Fly Fishing we couldn't resist the opportunity to show you these beautiful stamps Canada Post has recently issued featuring Fishing Flies.

May 16, 1998 Canada Post introduced a Fishing Flies commemorative stamp issue featuring our nation's finest fly patterns. Six of the most attractive flies used in Canada are captured in Canada Post's colourful Fishing Flies domestic-rate stamp set: the Lady Amherst, Coquihalla Orange, Cosseboom Special, Dark Montréal, Coho Blue and Steelhead Bee - some of the best known and most popular in the sport.


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coquihalla orange 1946 by Tommy Brayshaw; a polar bear hairwing named for the river considered the birthplace of BC's Steelhead Trout Fishing.
steel head bee 1950's by Roderick Haig-brown; notable as one of the first dry flies to take BC's summer Steelhead Trout.
dark montreal 1850 by Peter Cowan; this popular northeast trout pattern has several variations including a streamer fly for Atlantic Salmon.
lady amherst 1925 by George Bonbright; a classic featherwing for Atlantic Salmon on rivers like Quebec's Grand Cascapedia.
coho blue 1930's by Roderrick Haig-Brown; developed to encourage Vancouver Island's Coho Salmon into snapping at rather than just following the fly.
cossboom special 1935 by John Cosseboom; a favoured hairwing for Atlantic Salmon on North American rivers, spawning many variations
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