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Lee was famous for, among other things, using a six foot bamboo rod for trout and salmon fishing. Of course his arms were nearly four feet long, so that was no problem for him. I loved the American Sportsman series.

More Lee Wulff and Curt Gowdy films here:
http://royalwulff.com/products/lee-wulff-master-collection/
 

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Funny you posted this video now. The brookie discussion got me searching You Tube and that is how I came across the video. I literally watched it a couple of days ago and thought about posting it here but ultimately did not so I am glad you did. But it was very interesting seeing these two guys in action and seeing what they went through to have good fishing back in the day. I thought some of Gowdy's comments on conservation was ahead of their time. Same with Wulff. Good stuff...and the brookie fishing was amazing.
 

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Shortly after Wulff's death Charles Kuralt, then host of the CBS television show Sunday Morning publicly commented: "Lee Wulff was to fly fishing what Einstein was to physics".

Read Lee Wulff's wiki bio. Writer, pilot, artist, conservationists, filmmaker... 3 sport college athlete at San Diego State, then Stanford for engineering degree, then move to Paris to study art before coming back to New York as a working artist.

Oh, and all the fishing.

I recall seeing an old Trout Unlimited magazine in the 80's that showed an older Lee Wulff and his wife, Joan, fishing for steelhead in BC. He caught a near 20 pound steelhead on a size 24/26-ish dropper fly off a caddis dry I think, or something along those lines.

Had photos of the sequence.

Quite a life !
 

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Will have to reread this again. 1992 copyright. I bought it in early 90s. He passed in 1991.

Never met him on The Beaverkill or his wife Joan. But did meet Schwiebert one day who helped me out on the hatch that day in the 70s.



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Shortly after Wulff's death Charles Kuralt, then host of the CBS television show Sunday Morning publicly commented: "Lee Wulff was to fly fishing what Einstein was to physics".

Read Lee Wulff's wiki bio. Writer, pilot, artist, conservationists, filmmaker... 3 sport college athlete at San Diego State, then Stanford for engineering degree, then move to Paris to study art before coming back to New York as a working artist.

Oh, and all the fishing.

I recall seeing an old Trout Unlimited magazine in the 80's that showed an older Lee Wulff and his wife, Joan, fishing for steelhead in BC. He caught a near 20 pound steelhead on a size 24/26-ish dropper fly off a caddis dry I think, or something along those lines.

Had photos of the sequence.

Quite a life !
Semi-non-sequitur.... Not sure how public he was about it, but pretty sure Kuralt was a fly fisherman. If I recall, he had a nice place not that far from our fishing property (in MT). I didn't know him, but my uncles used to run into him periodically. Not sure if his family still owns the place of if they sold it after he passed away...
 

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So has the fishery held up or has it diminished as Curt predicts in the video?
Haven't gone yet, but from the little I know the fishing is good as ever. Very few people, no roads, and it's illegal to fish there as a non-resident without the use of an outfitter/guide. The only exception is if you are related to somebody with residency.
 

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Yes, of course. Always liked Curt but not sure about Lee. He seemed a bit regal, but I could be wrong. I know it's a show, and therefore a production. Even though they try to portray it as casual, there had to be two planes, and therefore a significant group, probably including a chef. Not that that's a bad thing, but slightly fraudulent.
Or maybe I'm just jealous.
 

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The amazing part of the whole video is they did it with no Yeti coolers , Simms rain coats,and just rubber waders. It's a wonder they survived !
True fact: Lee Wulff actually invented Steeze, though the term came about much later. Neither of those particular name-brand products, but he was using the most sophisticated high tech gear of the day.
Except for that tent! Can you imagine two grown men on a destination flyfishing trip these days bunking down together in such a cramped, dinky little POS?
 
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