Out of the many east coast salmon patterns, the Undertaker is by far my favorite pattern to fish for both salmon and steelhead.
It could be the peacock body, or the hot POP
butt that gives me confidence on the swing, but whatever it is, I keep on tying it and fishing it.
It reminds me of one of my River Brothers, Gerry ... salt of the earth !! A fishy salmon dawg no doubt, but more so, a fantastic friend and mentor.
At the crisp age of 73, you can find Gerry throughtout the summer and fall chasing salmon at home or on the Margaree. His traditional ways for chasing salmon inspire me each time we run the river together.
He is the son of a ship builder, a pipe fitter by trade. He was inspired by his father to do the best he could each and every day. Make friends and keep them close, tell stories and sing songs that make you smile. Respect your environment and the people around you.
Above is one of Gerry's crafts, model ship building done completely by hand and self designed, truly amazing !!
I was fortunate to receive a gift from Gerry, a hand built wading staff fashioned from a tree in his backyard.
A very sturdy one piece staff, complete with copper weight and rope bindings preserved with resin, this staff will outlast me. Gerry knows that I am a confident, strong wader, however I take it this gift is to ensure I know he is always concerned and for me to be mindful of friends and family when I consider the crossing.
My good friend and River Brother ... good times always !!