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GearTheoryMay 7th, 2013, 3:33 pm
Indianapolis

Posts: 12
I used to have a fishin hat identical to the one Art Lee wears in his photos... big long spoon bill (green) with no neck guard...

there are similar ones out there... but I am really looking for a match..

anyone know where one might be found ?
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EntomanMay 7th, 2013, 7:32 pm
Northern CA & ID

Posts: 2604
Yeah, cool hat. I think it's the old style billfisher's hat. Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey used to wear them as well. I think I've seen them on a non-fly fishing saltwater site. Spend a little time trolling in that genre to see what turns up.
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
GearTheoryMay 9th, 2013, 10:10 pm
Indianapolis

Posts: 12
Thanks Mack.

I found what is called the original "Oysterman" black bill but close enough.

There was a better match as far as color on ebay but used.

Mikey

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GearTheoryMay 13th, 2013, 7:44 am
Indianapolis

Posts: 12
Quaker Marine. Though it has a black bill it is very close, dull underside with shiny top (of bill).

http://quakermarine.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65&products_id=252&zenid=c357f4bcd0f67845f0ed48aabfd90c2d
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WbranchMay 13th, 2013, 12:00 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
Speaking of Mr. Art Lee what has happened to him? He seems to have fallen off the fly fishing scene for quite a number of years. I used to see him very often on the lower East Branch with his buddy Galen Mercer. Anyone know what Art is doing these days?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
LastchanceMay 13th, 2013, 7:24 pm
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
If that's Art Lee's hat you better give it back to him.
CatskilljonFebruary 22nd, 2014, 9:29 pm
Upstate NY

Posts: 160
Speaking of Mr. Art Lee what has happened to him? He seems to have fallen off the fly fishing scene for quite a number of years. I used to see him very often on the lower East Branch with his buddy Galen Mercer. Anyone know what Art is doing these days?


Matt,

I see him up there [catskills] every now and then, he is still kickin! Shows up at the dinners sometimes but I don't think he does much fishing anymore. CJ

ps...how are you doing?
WbranchFebruary 23rd, 2014, 5:41 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
Hello John,

"I don't think he does much fishing anymore. CJ"

I'm feeling very good and thanks for asking. That is a big surprise. He used to fish all over. He especially loved Atlantic salmon and chasing big trout on the upper & lower East Branch. I'm fishing more now at 70 than I was in the earlier years and I expect to continue to do so for as long as I'm able to cast a fly rod.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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