Lingren inducted into the Steelheader Hall of Fame
After a 36 1/2_year career in regional
government, Art Lingren has been actively involved in the fishing community
and has traveled to many places in the province to fly fish for steelhead,
trout, char and salmon. He is a member and a past president of the Totem
Flyfishers, British Columbia's oldest fly fishing club, an honorary member of
the Loons Fly Fishing club, a long_time member and currently president of the
British Columbia Federation of Fly Fisher (BCFFF), a Life Member of the
Haig_Brown Kingfisher Creek Society, a member of the Harry Hawthorn Foundation
and a member of Trout Unlimited. Also, he served many years as a director of
the Steelhead Society of B.C.
In 1995, he was awarded the BCFFF's Angul Award, which is given to
British Columbian fly fishers who show an appreciation for the "ancestry of
our fly fishing heritage and the excellence surrounding its development as
both an Art and a Science."
In 1999, Art was indoctrinated into the British Columbia Sport Fishing
Hall of Fame. Later that same year, the Federation of Flyfishers, an
international Montana_based organization, chose Art as the 6th recipient of
their prestigious Roderick Haig_Brown Award. The award is presented to an
author of a book, books or a combination of articles and books that embody the
philosophy and spirit of Roderick Haig_Brown including: a respect for the
ethics and traditions of fly fishing and an understanding of rivers, the
inhabitants and their environments with an emphasis on things natural, concern
for the whole, the philosophical side as opposed to just plain fishing.
Art has had an ever_lasting love affair with fly fishing and fly tying.
Flowing from that affair, he has written seven books on British Columbia fly
fishing and fly tying and is a contributor to seven others.
Fly Patterns of Roderick Haig_Brown was released in 1993 by Frank Amato
Publications of Portland Oregon. The prototype for this book was a privately
printed 15_copy, full_colour book produced by Lingren to commemorate the
10_year anniversary of Roderick Haig_Brown's death. It and the enhanced Amato
publication pay tribute to the master fly fisher, conservationist, and writer,
River Journal: Thompson River was released in 1994 by Frank Amato
Publications. After 25 years fishing this great river with its world_class
steelhead, Lingren thought for posterity he needed to make a record of this
Fly Patterns of British Columbia was released in 1996 by Frank Amato
Publications. In this full_colour book Lingren shows the development of the
sport of fly fishing in the province through the flies developed for game fish
by a host of fly fishers, including those flies by legendary anglers such as
Roderick Haig_Brown, General Noel Money, Tommy Brayshaw, Bill Nation and A.
Irresistible Waters: Fly Fishing in B.C. Throughout the Year was released
in 1998 by Raincoast Books of Vancouver. This thorough and informative guide
to B.C. fly fishing, helps the beginner, new_to_the_province and or
experienced fly fishers wanting to test other waters in the province with
information on where and when to go, and what to use through the four seasons.
His fifth book, Steelhead River Journal: Dean by Frank Amato Publications
was released in the spring of 2000 and was very well received by the
fly_fishing community throughout North America.
His sixth book Famous British Columbia Fly Fishing Waters was released in
September 2002. British Columbia has a rich fly_fishing heritage and this book
provides a past and present look at those waters where the sport developed and
the fly fishers who played important roles in its development.
His seventh book, Kispiox River Journal, is currently with his publisher.
No other steelhead river in the world holds more allure to those seeking large
steelhead. This river journal looks at the development of the sport on that
famous river, features the key players and provides a glimpse of what the
river is like today.
Art is working on number eight now, a contemporary fly patterns of
British Columbia book, with an April 2004 deadline to have his manuscript to
In the West Coast Fly Fisher, published by Hancock House in 1998, Art
Lingren contributed the chapter on "Winter and Summer Steelhead" and joins
other well_known B.C. fly fishers writing on rainbow trout, cutthroat and salt
and freshwater salmon.
In the fall of 2000, Hancock House released a general steelhead fishing
book The West Coast Steelheader and Lingren wrote the steelhead fly_fishing
Also Lingren has contributed a number of pieces on steelhead fly fishing
to Fly Fishing British Columbia, edited by Karl Bruhn and released by Heritage
House Publishing in July 1999.
First published in 1907, Lingren wrote the foreword for the 1997 reprint
of Fishing in British Columbia by Thomas Wilson Lambert. With the exception of
some Catalina Island tuna fishing, this was the first book entirely devoted to
the sport in BC.
Art wrote the "Introduction" to For the Contemplative Man, published by
the University of British Columbia Library in the spring of 2002.
In addition to the books he has written, Lingren's fly fishing articles
have been published in a number of outdoor magazines.
He was also involved in Canada Posts' Commemorative Fly Fishing Stamp
Issue. On April 16, 1998, Canada Post officially released the fly fishing
stamp issue consisting of three eastern and three western patterns. It was
just after the release of Fly Patterns of British Columbia and after Canada
Post saw that book they ordered three to be used as the western source by the
competing design teams. Lingren dressed a Tommy Brayshaw pattern, the
Coquihalla Orange, and it is the lead stamp in the series and one of the two
stamps chosen for the deck of cards, also sold by Canada Post.
In the spring of 1999 the Knowledge Network aired their six_part Casting
Shadows series about British Columbia fly fishing. Over it 2 1/2 year
production, Lingren acted as a historical and technical advisor and appeared
in three of the series. The series was well received in British Columbia and
has been translated into a number of languages for showing in other parts of
In the Summer 2002 issue, Outdoor Canada, profiled Art in their journal's
character section. Revised June 30, 2003
Currently Art Lingrten is 60 years old, lives in Vancouver, is married
(37 years) and has one son Charles who is 26. Art caught his first steelhead
in 1966 on the Caycuse River and has fished all regions in the province that
have steelhead with occasional forays into Alaska, Washington, Oregon and
California and has hooked and /or landed steelhead from about 50 rivers. Art’s
favourite steelhead fishing is for summer-run steelhead using a floating line
while he tempts fish to rise to his flies.
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