This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Silver Lady, a fly tied by Roderick Haig-Brown (1908 – 1976).
I took this picture of the Silver Lady through the glass display in a dark room and I think it turned out quite well. It was one of several flies in the collection and I plan to post other flies in future TBT posts.
The Silver Lady was developed by Haig-Brown in the 1930’s for summer-run steelhead and sea-run cutthroat in the streams and rivers of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Roderick Haig-Brown was born in England and spent his early years there, moving to Seattle, Washington to live with an uncle in his early 20’s and worked in logging camps. He went to British Columbia when his US visa expired and worked as a logger, commercial fisherman, and guide. Haig-Brown returned to London in 1931, but soon returned to British Columbia where he later married his wife Ann and both of them settled into their home on the Campbell River on Vancouver Island. He lived on the Campbell River for the remainder of his life.
Haig-Brown was a prolific writer, publishing 23 books along with numerous articles and essays. His first book Silver: The Life of an Atlantic Salmon was published in 1931. Other favorite titles include Return to the River (1941), A River Never Sleeps(1946), Fisherman’s Spring (1951), Fisherman’s Winter (1954), Fisherman’s Summer(1959), and Fisherman’s Fall (1964).
Be sure to check out my other TBT Haig-Brown post, the Silver Brown.