Seeing the thread for the Canadian Hopper got me thinking to the first fly my Dad ever purchased for me. It was a hopper pattern known as Joe’s Hopper. It was designed by Joe Brooks who’s history I’ve quoted below. I like old stuff, and that extends to flies. My box still contains Joe’s Hopper and his shrimp and Blondes in numerous sizes and colors.
I never met Brooks, but I’d still call him my favorite (hero worship type) fisherman. I’ve met a few, Williams, Gartside, Wulff (Joan and Lee), Kreh etc. Kreh is an A-hole, the rest I found quite pleasant to talk to or fish with.
Joe Brooks was one of the world's premier fly anglers. He and his wife Mary, fished New Zealand, Argentina, Yugoslavia, England, Scotland, British Columbia, Newfoundland and most places in the world fighting fish are found. His writing helped popularize many previously unknown waters. He was the fishing editor of Outdoor Life magazine, and was featured on the ABC American Sportsman TV series.
Trout Fishing published in 1972 lists quite a variety of subject matter for his earlier books:
• Complete Book of Fly Fishing
• Complete Guide to Fishing Across North America
• A World of Fishing
• Saltwater Game Fishing
• Complete Illustrated Guide to Casting
• Bass Bug Fishing
• Saltwater Fly Fishing
• Bermuda Fishing
• Greatest Fishing
His best known flies are probably the "Blond" dry fly series, which were created for rough western US waters. He was however, an avid saltwater angler!
He pioneered fly fishing for striped bass, bonefish, permit, and other saltwater species, and in 1948 took a record 29-pound 6-ounce striper on a popping bug.