creative in some way. Fly tying is an art, not a craft. It takes
everything God gives to be creative. When we become accomplished or
successful, we become co-creators.
Chandler Lynch was born on February 26, 1935 in Saint John, New Brunswick. He
was ordained a priest on May 15, 1985 having spent many years prior as the
sales representative for the Canadian Linen Supply Ltd for most of New
Brunswick. He retired from the Ministry in 2004.
His interest in fly
tying was stimulated when he saw a young boy tying flies at an exhibition. He
recalls saying to himself; “I'll dress flies some day.”
Rev. Walter Chandler
Rev. Lynch started
tying flies when he was a youth. At that time you could buy a salmon fly for
fifty cents. But, fifty cents back then was a high price to pay for a fly, so
this was another and very good reason for him to start tying his own. Being
an avid angler he needed a lot of flies for fishing and thus tying his own
flies afforded him an endless supply. Tying out of necessity soon gave way to
tying flies for the love of it. Tying flies is an art form and it became a
passion for him.
He learned the basics
of fly tying from a couple of friends, but for the most part, like so many
other New Brunswick fly tiers, he is self-taught. He learned fast, and before
long he was producing some excellent duplications of the standard fully
dressed patterns. His untiring interest in the art of fly tying led Walter to
places where the more experienced tiers were. He attended tying seminars,
demonstrations and competitions. After many hours of devoted practice behind
a fly tying vice he was ready to compete. For a number of years he has
entered his flies in competitions throughout Canada and the United States.
His flies earned respect at many of these events. He occasionally hosts his
own fly tying demonstrations. For about the past 25 years he has been tying
flies as a hobby.
Rev. Lynch loves
fishing with a fly called the “Buck Bug.” He enjoys casting his flies into
the waters of the Big Salmon River near St. Martins, New Brunswick. Walter
believes the Big Salmon River is one of the most prolific in the province. He
caught his first grilse there using a “Green Cosseboom.” The Bartibogue and
Dungarvon Rivers are also on his list of favourite rivers. The largest fish
he caught weighed 20 pounds. It was taken from the Black River near Saint
John, New Brunswick.
Over the years Rev.
Lynch has designed very beautiful salmon flies. One of his latest classic
salmon fly creations is the “Jubilee 2000”. It was designed in honour of the
holy year, or jubilee declared by Pope John Paul II. It was presented as a
gift from the Catholic priests of the Miramichi area to the Most Reverend
Joseph Faber MacDonald, D.D., Bishop of Saint John, marking the close of the
“Jubilee 2000” year. The colours for the body and rib of this fly was taken
from the colours of the papal Jubilee crest used throughout the Holy Year.
The tippets of the Chinese lovebird on the outer wing are a blue and red
colour, which Rev. Lynch used to represent the love of the Holy Spirit. It
reminded him of a blue and red flame of love pictures as flowing from the Holy
Rev. Lynch is an avid
salmon angler and a strong supporter for the preservation of the Atlantic
salmon.His favourite fly to tie is the “Thunder and Lightning.”
Oval silver tinsel
Gold silk floss
In four equal sections: blue, red, green and gold silk floss separated
by black ostrich herl with red Ibis veils over and under each section
of the body
Oval silver tinsel wrapped over each body section
Silver Pheasant tippets as an inner wing with Chinese Lovebird tippets
for an outer wing
English Blue Jay
Golden Pheasant Crest used with green Guinea fowl herl as an upper
Durham Ranger tied in
1994 by Rev. Walter C. Lynch
In 1994 Fr. Walter Lynch was judged 2nd with his
presentation of the "Silver Rat" entered in a fly tying competition held by
Partridge of Redditch, Worcestershire, England.
In 2004 Fr. Lynch was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the Salmon
Association Eastern Newfoundland (SAEN) in recognition of placing 1st in the
Classic Tying Category Newfoundland and Labrador Fly Tying Competition.
On January 30, 2007, Mrs. Debbie Norton, President of the Northumberland
Salmon Protection Association (NSPA) presented Fr. Walter Lynch with the
"Friend of the River Award" during the (NSPA) Annual Dinner & Auction, at
Miramichi City, N.B. The award, which is presented annually, is in recognition
of the recipient's generosity and contribution to angling, guiding, fly tying
Jock Scott tied by Fr.W. Lynch for the Northumberland Salmon Protection
Association Dinner & Auction, January 30, 2007. In the background painting, in
the green canoe, is Fr. Lynch at the Chapel Bar Pool, Kingsclear, New Brunswick.