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"Dragonfly Nymphs" Print

Item is a framed print from the Douglas R. Greer Collection entitled: "Dragonfly Nymphs," 1996. Includes the following caption: "The nymphal form of the dragonfly (as with most aquatic insects) is the stage of the life-cycle spent underwater. The nymph stage of the dragonfly can exceed four years, during which period this fierce predator forages on smaller nymphs and baitfish." The adult dragonfly has been the subject of studies by scientists for centuries in the quest to analyze its spectacular ability for aeronautics, which are presumably performed by co-ordinating the function of 4 separate "brains" for the dragonfly's wings."

Greer, Douglas R.

"Fan-wing Mayflies" Print

Item is a framed print from the Douglas R. Greer Collection entitled: "Fan-wing Mayflies," 1996. Includes the following caption: "There are more than 700 living species of North American Mayflies, but only several dozen have been copied extensively by fly-tyers, and the Fan-wing patterns were largely abandoned in the late 1800s. Though some fly-tyers would disagree, the ADAMS pattern probably began as a Mayfly, and is now North America's most popular dry fly for Trout. Mayflies are common in the mid-Atlantic Ocean."

Greer, Douglas R.

"Hatching Caddis" Print

Item is a framed print from the Douglas R. Greer Collection entitled: "Hatching Caddis," 1996. Includes the following caption: "There are more than 2000 species of Caddisflies, (some species are known as sedge-flies), comprising an ever-present fertility for fly-casters on Ontario trout streams such as the Ganaraska and the Grand. Caddisflies represent an astonishing 50 per cent of the Grand River's invertebrates, and unlike Ontario's Mayflies - which live for only a day - the Caddisfly's productive life-cycle can last for a month or more."

Greer, Douglas R.

"Light & Dark Cahill (Dry), Dark Cahill (Wet)" Print

Item is a framed print from the Douglas R. Greer Collection entitled: "Light & Dark Cahill, a brakeman on the Erie & Lackawanna Railroad, New York. Dry flies are tied with waterproof rooster neck-hackles, which enable them to float. The sinking wet flies are tied to emulate the underwater stage of an insect's life. A popular legend involving Daniel Cahill established this young sportsman as a conservative pioneer. The related occasion was a serious derailment of Daniel's train, and he re-entered the capsized car to retrieve a number of rainbow trout destined for a hatchery, and released them in a nearby creek."

Greer, Douglas R.

"The Dunkeld: One Salmon and Three Trout Versions" Print

Item is a framed print from the Douglas R. Greer Collection entitled: "The Dunkeld: One Salmon and Three Trout Versions," 1996. Includes the following caption: "The first recorded formula for the classic Dunkeld pattern appeared in Edward Fitzgibbon's publication THE BOOK OF SALMON in 1850, but it was probably under development by expert Scottish fly-casters on the River Tay at the town of Dunkeld in the 1770s. In addition to its effectiveness on the stream, the Dunkeld is also considered by many anglers and fly-tyers to be the most beautiful example of this ancient art, and which has become the pattern of preference for sophisticated fly-casters world-wide."

Greer, Douglas R.

"The Roe Blue & Roe Purple" Print

Item is a framed print from the Douglas R. Greer Collection entitled: "The Roe Blue & Roe Purple," 1996. Includes the following caption: The Roe Blue & Roe Purple wet-fly trout patterns are attributed to Bill Monaghan, a fly-tyer on the River Roe at the town of Linavady, Northern Ireland. These attractive designs were originally created as salmon flies using goat hair dyed purple and blue, now superseded by seal hair and smaller hooks. Until the mid-1990s, fly-fishing in North America was generally synonymous with wet-flies. But as fishing flourished, trout became increasingly selective, which spurred the creation of sophisticated nymph patterns emulating the actual stages of underwater life, plus many accurate imitations of emerging adult insects."

Greer, Douglas R.

"The Sasquatch: Pintail & Widgeoncollar Models" Print

Item is a framed print from the Douglas R. Greer Collection entitled: "The Sasquatch: Pintail & Widgeoncollar Models," 1996. Includes the following caption: "The Sasquatch is a streamer fly named by North American aboriginals after the legendary BIGFOOT bushman of the Canadian Rockies, and YETI, the Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas. It's notable that aboriginals were tying flies 1000 years ago. Streamer flies are usually imitators of baitfish minnows, many of which were designed to use the feathers of the African Marabou in successfully substituting dyed Canadian turkey."

Greer, Douglas R.

Artificial Salmon-fly and Trout-fly Patterns from the Collection of Douglas R. Greer, Print

Item is a framed print from the Douglas R. Greer Collection entitled: "Artificial Salmon-fly and Trout-fly Patterns from the Collection of Douglas R. Greer," 1998. It includes the following caption: "The eight large illustrations are laser-enhanced reproductions of photographs by U.S. photographer Egmont Van Dyck for a 1996 calendar published by Chapters, U.S.A. The texts were written and added to the illustrations by Mr. Greer. Douglas R. Greer has been a trout angler, a fly-tyer, and a conservationist on the Ganaraska River for fifty years.
Internationally renowned master flytier credits (also termed fly-tyer):
Caddis - Christopher Helm, USA
Mayflies - Kevin McEnerney, USA
Dunkeld - Mark Kirchner, USA
Roe - Robert McHaffie, N. Ireland
Hellgrammite - Ray Martinez, USA
Sasquatch - Ken Hanley, USA
Dragonfly - Chuck Echer, USA
Cahill - Marvin Nolite, USA"

Greer, Douglas R.

Douglas Greer's Letters Patent Print

Item is a framed print from the Douglas R. Greer Collection entitled: "Douglas Greer's Letters Patent," c1998. Includes an image of a Letters Patent granted to Douglas R. Greer by the United States of America, 1962. It also includes a diagram for the fishing lures invented by Mr. Greer, as well as a photograph of Greer labelled "Three German brown trout taken with the Silver Nymph [lure] on a Saturday night on the Ganaraska."

Greer, Douglas R.

Douglas R. Greer Print Collection

  • CA ON00154 MPH15.1
  • Fonds
  • 1996-1998

Fonds consists of ten framed prints from the personal fly-fishing print collection of Douglas R. Greer, 1996-1998.

Greer Print Collection Associated Documentation

File consists of associated documentation related to the Douglas R. Greer Fly-Fishing Print Collection, c1996-2012. It includes: copies of prints from the original calendar and the Greer Collection, articles written about / by Douglas R. Greer, two (2) informational plaques for display with the prints, two (2) photographs, correspondence, and a copy of Douglas R. Greer's Tool Maker's History essay.

Greer, Douglas R.

Speckled Trout Print

Item is a framed print from the Douglas R. Greer Collection entitled: Speckled Trout Print, 1998. Includes the following caption: "My first sport of angling was during the north branch of the Ganaraska where His Excellency Vincent Massey, former Governor General of Canada, was an outstanding conservationist. In 1924 when he purchased the land for his Batterwood Estate, he also imported significant quantities of European Brown Trout to stock the stream in the event that the Brook (Speckled) Trout may not survive."

Greer, Douglas R.