Bill Elliott Salmon Plate & Bamboo Rod Raffle

This is Bill Elliott’s most recent hand colored lithograph. It’s a portrait of a female Atlantic
Salmon with classic tackle. The lithograph is number 1/55 and also has 2 color original
remarques. It is a shadowbox framed with 4 mattes float mounted. The frame has 11 full
dressed Salmon flies tied by some of Canada’s greatest talents and signed by each of
them, featured in the center is a 5/0 Jock Scott tied by Bob MacDonald who’s work
appeared on the cover of the Atlantic Salmon Journal. Bill Elliott, the artist, did the entire
work on this project. It is a one of a kind and will never be duplicated. This special raffle
is offered to raise money to benefit the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum. Ticket
sales are limited to 600! Included in the raffle are unique bamboo rods and a winner will
be drawn every other month. (Winners of the Rods are still eligible for the Salmon
Frame.) The drawings will take place on the 3rd of each month, ending in December at
our Holiday Party.To purchase your tickets, call the office at 845-439- 4810. Ticket Cost: $50.00
Schedule of Drawings
  • May 3rd – Steve Claar 7.6 4W 2/1PC Bamboo Rod—Winner Lee Meadow
  • July 3rd – Bob Colson light salmon 8.10 7W 3/2 Bamboo Rod
  • September 3rd – Al Baldauski “The Winner” 7.8 5W 2PC this rod won the Demarest Challenge 2010
  • November 3rd – Masaki Takemoto – Hollow built T construction 8.6 8/9W 3/2PC
  • December 3rd – Bill Elliott Salmon Frame with 11 Salmon Flies
Below is the list of salmon fly tiers involved in the project. Their names are a who’s who of contemporary fly tying talent. Each of the flies would be collectible on it’s own. The grouping and the lithograph will be a centerpiece in any angler’s collection.
Bob MacDonald, Bryant Freeman, Bill Carpin, Damian Welch, Dwayne Miller, Nic Clory, Jacques Haroux, Jerome Molloy, Lloyd Lutes, Luc Carrier, Marc LeBLanc

The following rod builders donated rods to this project. Their craftsmanship is remarkable and will certainly be an addition to any collection.

  • Steve Claar is one of our newer builders. He is a long time fly tier that took up rod building, first working with graphite, then becoming interested in restoring bamboo rods. In 2010 he built his first bamboo rod from scratch, and has made quick progress since. Winning the Demarest competition is impressive for such a new builder.
  • Bob Colson is a long time rodmaker, having begun working with bamboo in the late 1970’s, at the very beginning of the bamboo revival. He has specialized in salmon rods, with a particular emphasis on true spey rods. The rod in the raffle is a fine example of a single hand grilse rod.
  • Al Baldauski is an electrical engineer with a strong manufacturing background. He has been building rods for some time now, becoming interested very quickly in the properties of bamboo and the design of rod tapers. The rod in the raffle is as good an example as can be found of an all around bamboo trout rod.
  • Masaki Takemoto is an extraordinarily innovative rodmaker. He was the first winner of the Hardy Cup competition, and has been a strong competitor every year since. His rods are extremely light, but engineered to withstand the rigors of both competition and fishing. They are quite lovely to look at as well. He has become a great friend of the Catskill Center.
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