John Malcolm “Jack” Sullivan

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.


Jack Sullivan, Prop.

G.H. McIver Camp

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 “Butterfly.” 


Jack 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.


Butterfly tied by Jack Sullivan


Head:  Black
Tail: Bright red hackle fibers
Body:  Rusty Peacock herl, or black wool
Wing: White Goat 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.)
 Hackle: Brown hackle wound on as a collar