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by Arthur J. Lingren

Roderick Haig-Brown played an important role in the lives of many North American fly-fishers. His influences on me in particular are deep and far reaching and I consider him to be the fishing father I never had. He said that for a common property resource to flourish it required stewardship from a dedicated body of anglers. I became involved in the early 1970s and nearly four decades later I continue volunteering my time on behalf of fish and their habitat. He influenced me in my choice of tackle, and of course he was the main influence that directed me into pursuing steelhead and other BC game fish with a fly. He awakened my interest in fly-fishing literature and my library reflects Haig-Brown's influence in so many ways, from my collection of Haig-Brown books, to many others that he suggests in some of his writings. He too awakened my appreciation for fine press books and my library with its select limited editions is a reflection of that influence.

The first edition of Fly Patterns of British Columbia contained about 50 references to Roderick Haig-Brown and through those references, one can see how important he is to BCs fly-fishing history. This book is the right one to reprint and include the section on The Haig-Brown Centenary. Not only does it highlight Roderick Haig-Brown, the book contains all his flies and flies of his contemporary fly-fishing friends of the day, such as the ardent angler artist, Tommy Brayshaw; Haig-Brown's steelhead fly-fishing mentor, General Noel Money; and the famous Kamloops trout fly-fisherman, Bill Nation. It is through these pioneer fly-fishers that British Columbia enjoys such a rich fly-fishing heritage. __ Art Lingren, May 2008

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