I thought you might be interested. It was a big surprise to me when Brian Chan called me to say the Canada-wide selection committee had chosen me for this recognition. The award is the Canadian Museum of Fly Fishing’s Jean-Guy Côté Award given to fly fishers who have contributed extensively to Canadian fly tying. Below is a photo of Brian Chan presenting the award to me at Tradex on Friday and a copy of the speech that was given at the awards banquet in Québec where it was announced that I was the 2011 recipient.
Award presentation speech…
2011 Jean-Guy Côté Award
Arthur James Lingren
The 2011 winner of the Jean-Guy Côté Award is a resident of British Columbia. During his adult life he has always been involved with fly fishing. He is a member and Past President of the Totem Flyfishers, and acted as President of the British Columbia Federation of Fly Fishers. He is a member and served for many years as a Director of the Steelhead Society of BC.
He has fished salmonids everywhere in Western Canada. He is very much involved in the protection of our Canadian fly fishing history and heritage.
Tier and creator of original fly patterns for trout and salmon for more than thirty years, he has written nine fly fishing/tying books. Two of those books are ‘Fly Patterns of Roderick Haig-Brown’ and ‘Fly Patterns of British Columbia’. His involvement does not stop there since he has contributed to ten others.
Two of his books served as Western Canada reference books for the Canada Post 1998 and 2005 fly fishing stamp series, and four of the ten flies featured in these series came from our winner’s books. In fact, he dressed the Coquihalla Orange for the 1998 series.
During his career he has made an important contribution to Canadian fly tying through his writings, impressive creative ability and broad spectrum public promotion.
For these reasons, the members of the Canada-wide selection committee have chosen to present the Jean-Guy Côté Award for the year 2011 to…
Art Lingren from Vancouver, BC
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Congratulations Art … this is a well deserved award!