1893 - 1962
It is with the greatest pleasure and utmost respect that the fly tiers,
fishermen, and river guides from the Miramchi present this tribute to Everett
Price who was born on July 16,
1883 in Priceville, New Brunswick.
indicates his fly tying career started in the early 1930's. His experimenting
with hair and feather-wing salmon flies eventually led to the development of a
pattern that became very effective. He was one of earliest fly tiers in New
Brunswick to develop a hair-wing version Atlantic salmon fly. A long time
friend of Everett, the late Aloysious “Wishy” Gillespie, recalled how Everett
tied flies with a body shaped like a cigar; a trademark that he later taught
to another famous fly tier, Ira Gruber. Everett taught a lot of people how to
tie flies. Most of the tyers were between Renous to Boiestown, but he was
extremely well known all over New
He was the type of person who was willing to share his tying knowledge if you
were willing to listen. “He was the best, a great guy. He was a big man, and
he had great big hands. People were amazed at how he could tie such beautiful
small flies with those big hands”, said “Wishy.”
Everett lived most of
his life in the village of Blackville. It was there that he taught fly tying
to Earl Donahue, Paul Gillespie and Hart Curtis, who became very well known
for their tying in years to follow.
Price originated some of the most effective and best known salmon flies used
by fishermen on the Miramichi. His creations include the “Price's Dose”,
“Black Squirrel”, “Buttermilk Brown” and “Brittany Special”, but his most
famous creation is the “Rose of New England Streamer”. Tied in a smaller size
it can be as successful for trout as it is for salmon. Very few salmon
fishermen are without a “Rose of New England” in their fly box, especially
during the spring salmon fishing season. Abercrombie and Fitch Company credit
judge Lee Parsons Davis, of White
New York with having them catalogue it.
tiers from New Brunswick, especially the ones on the Miramichi recognize
Everett Price as the originator of a fly called “Oriole.” According to Wayne
Curtis, noted writer, guide and angler, Everett Price tied the perfect
“Oriole”, however it was Ira Gruber who was credited with the originating it.
Everett caught a lot of salmon with his flies, probably more than people who
use expensive, exotic, fanciful and ornate feather creations from far away
places. He was known to make his double hooks by using a couple of single
hooks. He would cut the eye off one; match it to the side of another, and
wrap them together to form a double. He kept the heads of his flies small by
always placing two turns of the thread over the material to hold it in place,
then he would back off a turn.
Everett Price was an excellent guide who was very knowledgeable about the
area, its people and fly-fishing for salmon. For a short time, he served as a
Game Warden. He was also a camp builder. In the 1940's, the Miramichi-Renous
Club enlisted his help to pick the sight where they eventually built their
camp. He was also an entertainer, a good fiddler and could recite poetry for
hours on end. Many a night, he'd have the guests and guides tapping toes and
bellowing songs from sundown to sunrise.
Everett Price became increasingly disabled with bronchial asthma and arthritis
of his hands, both of which precluded any “poling on the river.” Just prior
to his death in 1962 Everett continued to tie flies. His salmon fly patterns
will forever be a reference in the history of Atlantic salmon fishing. He is
a true inspiration for every New Brunswick fly tier, fisherman and guide.
Everett Price was inducted into the Atlantic Salmon Hall of Fame at the
Atlantic Salmon Museum in Doaktown, New
Rose of New England Streamer
originated by Everett Price and tied by Paul Gillespie January 2005
Several turns of narrow embossed silver tinsel
Golden pheasant crest
Several turns of red wool
Embossed silver tinsel. Behind the head is another equal sized butt made
of several turns of red wool.
Oval silver tinsel
Equal bunches of bucktail starting with yellow, red and then topped with brown
Price's Dose Tied by Paul Gillespie