Above, Don Gapen, creator of the Original Muddler Fly in 1936, shows off a 10-pound 4-ounce brooktrout caught on his beloved fly in the river he treasured, the Nipigon.
To the right the Original Muddler Fly
as it was tied by Don Gapen
In 1936 Don Gapen
moved north to Nipigon, Ontario, Canada, at the end of Hwy 61.
The road was gravel.
Here the Gapens purchased Chalet Bungalow Lodge, a 65 capacity American plan resort once owned by the Canadian Railway.
At Nipigon, famous for its world record brook trout, Don
family spent their summers and winters creating a resort for fishermen who flocked there to catch the record size brook trout, lake trout, northern pike, whitefish, sturgeon and the bountiful supply of walleye.
It was here that Don Gapen
created the world famous Muddler Fly and it was here that his son Dan Gapen began an outdoor career and education.