Eldon Arthur Goldrup

1913 – 1998

 

Eldon Arthur Goldrup was born on October 23, 1913 in Bathurst, New Brunswick.  His parents were the late Elizabeth (nee Blanchard) and John Goldrup.  Eldon lived all his life in Bathurst where he worked as a Paper Machine Oiler for Bathurst Power and Paper.

Eldon started tying flies in the early 1940's after he received a book from England on the art of fly tying.  He used the book as his guide and teacher.  With a lot of practice he developed the ability to tie both the hair-wing and fully dressed patterns.  During his years of tying many friends, sportsmen and fly tiers visited him and purchased his flies.  Many of them had a story to tell, a secret to share and lots of laughter.

 

 Eldon Arthur Goldrup 1995

  Fly tying for Eldon was extremely enjoyable.  Most of the rewards from tying came from the fine people he met while tying flies.  Among the many friends who purchased his flies were Hayden Hatheway, Glendon Eddy, Wilbur and Gerry Elhatton, Tom Jamieson, John Hazen and Paul Lenihan.  One visitor, George Casey from Bathurst, received many fly-tying hints from Eldon.  “George was a wonderful guy,” said Eldon.  “He was good with his hands and could tie a fly as well as anyone I’d ever seen.”  Eldon’s favourite fly tier was Sid Jarrett from Bathurst, but he had great respect for the fly tying talent of Frank Lewis, another well-known fly tier from the Bathurst area.  In 1955, Eldon began teaching his 14-year-old son Clyde, the art of fly tying.  In 1998, Clayde recalls the many hours that he spent with his dad learning to tie the trout flies with double hackles. Clyde is still actively tying flies today.

In 1997, Eldon was still tying flies, but not as often as he had in the past.  One time he would tie more than a thousand flies a year.  He eventually concentrated on tying the hair wing patterns.  He gave up on tying the fully dressed flies because it was too difficult to get the right materials, and most anglers couldn’t afford them. 

 Some of his favourite fly patterns are the “Brown Bug”, “Orange Bug”, “Parmachene Belle”, “Black Bear”, “Black Ghost”, “Rusty Rat”, and the “Green Highlander.”  These are also the flies he prefers to fish with in his favourite river, the Nepisiquit.

By the age of eighteen Eldon was an experienced trout fisherman.  He started fishing salmon in 1949.  The largest salmon he ever caught weighed just over 20 pounds.  His years spent fishing on his favourite rivers, the Nepisiquit and the Northwest Miramichi was invaluable to him later when he began guiding. Most of his guiding was at Great Falls on the Nepisiquit, for the Bathurst Power  & Paper Company.

Eldon always found the moon and tides played a big part in his ability to catch fish.  Early morning and late evening were his favourite times for fishing.  There was nothing that angered him more than people who lacked respect for nature. He detested anyone who littered along the rivers and streams. Conservation was always on his mind.  In his final years as an angler he adopted hook and release as his contribution to salmon conservation.

On January 5, 2005 I spoke to Eldon’s son Clyde Goldrup. He told me that his father began teaching him how to tie trout flies when he was only fourteen years old. Tying flies has always been fun and he still does it today.

 

Black Bear

 

Head:                      Black

Tail:                        Black Bear hair

Body:                     Black wool

Throat:                   Black hackle

Wing:                     Black Bear hair