David Footer Articles Celebrate His Career

As I announced last week, both the Portland Press Herald and the Lewiston/Auburn Sun Journal, both of Maine, have published feature articles about David Footer in their Sunday September 16th Editions.

Here are the links: http://www.sunjournal.com/news/bplus/2012/09/16/one-fly-guy-50th-anniversary-footer-special-shines/1249071

http://www.pressherald.com/sports/footer-lewiston-artist-due-an-honor_2012-09-16.html?pageType=mobile&id=2&start=11
Below is the photo of the Footer Special that I tied and photographed for the Press Herald:

Footer Special – I tied this fly last Thursday evening.

The two articles combined, present informative and interesting information about a Maine taxidermist, artist, sculptor, and legend.

I am humbled and honored to be able to recognize David’s Footer Special fly pattern in its 50th Anniversary Year, and have Mr. Footer as the Guest of Honor this Friday, September 21st, at L. L. Bean in Freeport, Maine.

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The View From Fish in a Barrel Pond – LL Bean Post

My friend “Quill Gordon,” the caretaker at The Wantastiquet Lake Trout Club in Weston, Vermont, where I believe I will be visiting again this year in June – has posted a very interesting, intriguing, tinged with his usual dry humor, and informative post on his blog, The View From Fish in a Barrel Pond. The post is titled; When Art Imitates Art, Good Fish Die.” In this blog he writes about the photographic recreation / replication / digitized reproduction of the cover of a 1933 LL Bean Catalog. This artistic effort was done by photographer Randal Ford, in conjunction with the 1912 founding of L. L. Bean Company in Freeport, Maine. This year – 2012 – is the 100th Anniversary Year of L. L. Bean.

Quill mentions at the end of his post that Don Bastian (that would be me) is tying flies there on March 16th, and suggests you may want to drop by. I would enjoy that, and thanks, Quill, for the plug. I appreciate your support and enthusiasm, and I look forward to seeing you there!

The date mentioned in his article is the first day of the L. L. Bean Annual Spring Fishing Expo, to be held on March 16 – 18. In addition to demo tying from 1 PM until 5 PM on the 16th, I will be leading the regularly scheduled Friday evening tying class at 7 PM as we collectively dress a Maine streamer pattern, the Footer Special. I am also one of the 2012 Expo Featured Fly Tyers and I will be tying classic wet flies and traditional streamers on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM until 4 PM.

Here is the permalink to Quill Gordon’s entertaining post; it is worth checking out!

http://ghoti62.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/when-art-imitates-art-good-fish-die/#more-2788

I hope Quill won’t mind, but I borrowed one of the photos from his post so you would at least have something to look at here on my blog, since my picture files currently have nothing relevant for inclusion anyway. Besides I wouldn’t want to take anything away from his writing and photos. Thanks Quill, and as usual, nice work!

Original (left) and reproduced version of 1933 L. L. Bean Catalog Cover. The fish are or should I say, were, real and alive...but if Quill's facts are correct, PETA won't like the end result.