Vendor Spotlight: Jerry Girard

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Jerry Girard started fly fishing thirty five plus years ago and rapidly developed his interest in fly-fishing history after meeting Chip Stauffer, an angling companion of James Leisenring, Preston Jennings, and Art Flick. Through his pursuit of angling history, focused mainly on rods and rodmakers, Jerry has acquired an extensive library and collection of historically significant pre-1900 rods, reels, catalogs and angling ephemera. He is a dealer in angling collectibles; attends most East Coast fishing collectible shows, and owns Historical Angling Artifacts, a hobby business specializing in historical tackle and angling papers. He is a retired research chemist formerly in the pharmaceutical industry, and was a regular contributor to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center’s Castabout and a regular contributor to The Art of Angling Journal with a column on collecting and featured articles of historical interest. He published an article on Thaddeus Norris in the American Museum of Fly Fishing’s The American Fly Fisher and recently in the journal an article on Milward & Sons’ hooks. In 2018, two articles were published, on an early 19th century Irish rod & reel and the Milward hook wallet, in the British magazine Classic Angling. Jerry co-authored with Robert D. Stewart the book F. E. Thomas: The Man and His Rods. He is a member of the American Museum of Fly Fishing and served on the Board of Trustees of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and is presently on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum.  Jerry has fished the streams of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, Montana, Utah, New Mexico, Oregon, Alaska, Canada and Poland. Fly fishing is a passion and he pursues it as often as possible. Jerry resides in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

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