Fran Betters

May 29, 2004 By: Marshall Cutchin

Fran Betters, the legendary Adirondack guide who showed Taylor Streit a thing or two, owns the Adirondack Sport Shop in Wilmington, New York, near the Ausable River, still spends his days tying flies and dispensing advice. Mr. Betters’s reputation rests at least in part on his invention — 40 years ago — of the Ausable Wulff, an Adams-like pattern but with white, calf-hair wings to give the fly more buoyancy and visibility. Rick Brockway tells the story in the New York Daily Star Online.