1919 - 1997
Lucille Gallant was born on
October 8, 1919 in Rivière Bleue, Quebec. She was the daughter of the late
Leopoldine (nee Roy) and Emi1le Jean.
Lucille's family moved to
Atholville, New Brunswick in 1921. In 1940, Lucille and her sister Hélène
were the first women to be taught the art of fly tying by professional fly
tier, David Arthur (D.A.) LaPointe, from Atholville, New Brunswick. Hélène
later become one of the very few professional female fly tiers in Canada.
Lucille tying in 1996
L/R: Dewey Gillespie, Hélène LeFebvre, Corrine
Gallant, Lucille (Jean) Gallant, Robertine St. Laurent and “Budd” Kitchen at
Where The Rivers Meet “The Fly Tyers of New Brunswick” display in Miramichi
City in 1996
Lucille and Hélène are
among the earliest known women in New Brunswick to learn the art of fly
tying, and the first women to tie trout and salmon flies exclusively for
D.A. LaPointe. Lucille tied flies for two years at D.A. LaPointe=s
Fly Shop before quitting. For the next several years Lucille concentrated
on raising a family before she began fly tying again. She started tying the
flies in her home and before long was supplying large quantities to Dr.
Carett in Campbellton, New Brunswick. Most of her orders
consisted of flies called “Parmachene Belle”, and “Jock Scott.”
Joseph Clovis Arseneault, a
well-known and established fly tier in Atholville, asked Lucille to tie
flies for him, but she had to refuse.
As the number of commercial
fly tiers increased, the number of salmon fly orders decreased. Before long
the fly tying business for Lucille deteriorated to the point where she
stopped tying all together. It was a wonderful and exciting hobby for
Lucille. She enjoyed it immensely. She enjoyed having the financial support
from the people who purchased her trout and salmon flies for a dollar each.
She also felt rewarded in knowing that her trout and salmon flies were
successful for the angler.
Dark Montreal Tied
by Lucille (Jean) Gallant 1955
In an interview with
Lucille in 1996, she said, “The memories I have from the years of fly tying
with my sister and friends are treasured. The 1940's were a golden era for
fly tiers. It was just the beginning for New Brunswick Fly Tiers, who sought
to experiment with new patterns. The potential was unlimited in what could
be done with tinsel, silk, fur and feathers.”
Although Lucille never
gained fame by creating a world renown trout or salmon fly, she deserves the
distinction of possibly being the earliest female fly tier in New
Brunswick. She is the first of “Five Lady Fly Tiers” who were taught the
art of fly tying by D.A. LaPointe.
Lucille loved to fish trout
in the Restigouche River. To catch the trout she used her favourite fly,
the “Parmachene Belle.”
favourite fly “Parmachene Belle” tied by Bryant Freeman January 1997
Strips of white and red dyed Goose side feathers
and white mixed hackle
White Goose side feather topped with a strip of red dyed Goose side