John Malcolm “Jack”
1915 - 1983
Jack Sullivan was born at Grey Rapids, a small community situated on the south
side of the Southwest Miramichi River, between the villages of Blackville and
Quarryville, New Brunswick.
Jack was an outfitter and river guide who lived permanently in the
small community of Blissfield. It was there that he became the proprietor of
G.H. McGiver Camp. He eventually went on to become owner and operator of his
own sporting camps located near his home.
Upper Blackville, New Brunswick
Jack worked at various jobs in lumber camps, saw mills and construction. In
1961, he found a hobby in fly tying. Some of the fly patterns tied at
Sullivan's camp were bugs, bombers, rat faces, Wulffs, nymphs and streamers.
But the most common fly hook in the fly shop was the “Ingalls Butterfly.”
Having been a close friend of the documented originator of the “Butterfly”,
Maurice Ingalls, Jack learned first hand the hook pattern and its potential.
Jack sometimes argued that Ingalls wasn’t alone in the development of the
Sullivan patiently tying a “Butterfly” salmon fly
Sullivan tied “Butterflies” for anglers in Canada and the United States. For
Sullivan, the rewards were small, but the tying was a good hobby that kept him
busy at his summer camp year round.
In 1983, at the age of 68 years, Jack passed away. The many years
he dedicated to fly tying, fishing, outfitting and the people he guided
ensures that he will always be remembered and loved by those who knew him.
tied by Jack Sullivan
Peacock herl, or black wool
hair. (The wings should be located on top of the body, angled at about
45 degrees. The wings should extend to the end of the body.)
wound on as a collar