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Attached to a fly by a length of string is a label with the following caption ‘This fly killed 22 salmon 1900’, this was found underneath a felt damper concealed in a black Japanned circular fly tin. The tin was a recent purchase along with a small rectangular lure tin that we needed to store some vintage lures in.

The label attached to the fly sparked a thought and reminded me of a black and white photograph I have of a fly fisher at turn of the century displaying a bank side full of fish, these fish are salmon.

22 fish in 1900 was probably not an unheard of feat for the rivers held plentiful stocks, however 22 fish to a single fly I find astonishing.

My quest now is to find out by who and where were 22 fish caught by a single fly or fly pattern in 1900.