At the very top of the pile of modern and innovative Atlantic salmon fly tyers reside a very select (and sadly, getting fewer) group of folks. My old salmon camp-mate, Charlie Krom, certainly is a charter member of that group. Charlie turned 88 just the other day, and mentioned to me in an email that day that he was sending me some flies to try out this coming year.
To say that I've been eagerly checking our roadside mailbox every day since is an understatement. Well, today's trip out into the mid-teens temperature was well-rewarded...a letter from Charlie! And, since pictures are worth a thousand words, I'll let his letter do the talking:
To say that it's going to be next to impossible for me to break open these envelopes and fish these flies is an understatement...but I'm going to do it...and I'm going to dig my boots into the Miramichi's stony bottom and hold on when the salmon strikes start coming!
Charlie, many thanks for these treasures!
P.S. Some may not have seen an earlier blog post about Charlie, and his colleagues and peers at the vise, the late Keith Fulsher and the late Bob Warren : http://theriverscourse.blogspot.com/2014/03/fulsher-krom-and-warren.html