Canadian Post Office Issues Fly Stamps

January 26, 2005 By: Marshall Cutchin

“New Canadian flies and variations were developed with patterns for specific rivers or lakes, but the majority of both salmon and trout flies used in Canada today can be traced to Scottish or English classical designs.” The four patterns featured on the stamps include:
1. The Alevin – created in 1939 by Tom Brayshaw; its red throat hackle is meant to replicate the yolk sac of the alevin or larvae stage of the trout.
2. The Jock Scott – One of the most popular classic salmon patterns.
3. The P.E.I. Fly – Described in detail in the 1860s book Salmon Fishing in Canada, it was originally tied from feathers of the now-endangered red ibis.
4. The Mickey Finn – Created in the 19th century by Charles Langevin and known at that time as the “Langevin”. It’s name was later changed to “The Assassin” and finally to the “Mickey Finn”.