I guess "Bellingham Fly Fishing Shop" downtown c. 1988 - 1991 is long forgotten. Lost in Whatcom County angling history with characters like Dick Van Demark, Ralph Wahl and Harold Jellison. Those were the good old pre-RRT it days. I wish the new brick & mortar shop success in our sit-at-home-in-your underwear and order on-line society.
If you stop by, you will find a framed shadow box behind the counter which was created by Jack Salstrom. The shadow box includes a a black and white picture of Ralph in his basement along with his flies tied by Jack including the Painted Lady, Lady Godiva, Winter Fly, Lord Hamilton, Lady Godiva, Wahl Flower and Lady Hamilton. The "judge" Ralph fished with comes up regularly as well.
Much of Bill McMillan's summer run data came from Ralph's notes. We have the good fortune of getting to hang out with Bill now and then also. We'll have copies of Bill's relatively new book, "May the Rivers Never Sleep" which he'll be coming up to sign in May. He'll gladly sign "Dry Line Steelhead and Other Topics" if you have a copy.
Dick Van Demark came up in conversation as did the "Bellingham Fly Fishing Shop" when Wayne McLemore, the last remaining founding member of the 4th Corner Flyfishers, stopped by the other day. If I understood correctly, the original downtown shop was on Commercial where the "Brandywine Kitchen" lives today.
The history of Bellingham, Whatcom, Stillaguamish and Skagit flyfishing is not forgotten; and, we hope to help ensure that it never is.