The Carmichael family has a multi-generational legacy of fly-fishing enthusiasm. It began with Hoagy B. Carmichael son of the famous entertainer and song writer – also Hoagy – who wrote a lot of popular music especially during the 1930s and 40s. His hits included Stardust and Georgia On My Mind. Hoagy B. though was taken with fishing, and specifically Atlantic salmon fishing. Hoagy B’s son, Ben, is a board member of the MSA, and a fly fishing writer and photographer.
Hoagy has written two volumes on the Grand Cascapedia. This famous river vies with the Restigouche as home to the largest Atlantic salmon swimming in any North American river. We are auctioning off a brand new copy of Volume II. This 9.5 x 12, slip-covered volume, weighs a hefty 7.1 pounds, and amounts to 512 pages of fascinating reading. It is signed by the author.
Over the course of eleven chapters, Volume II covers the history of the river’s eight camps, and the sports who fished from them beginning in the mid-1930’s through to the present day. Topics covered include the creation of the angling club that originally purchased the fishing rights for the Grand Cascapedia from the Quebec government – and somehow held onto them during the Great Depression – the problems of salmon netting, both Native and commercial, and the nagging difficulties of the logging industry and the Riparian Association. A gallery of photographs at the end of each chapter further bring to life the people, places and events. This fine book is regarded as a must read for those interested in the history of Canadian fishing for Atlantic salmon.